Truck accidents frequently involve more than two vehicles, which is not only deadly, but makes proving liability extremely complicated.
Truck accidents often occur on high speed roads filled with all types of vehicles. Because of the size, weight, and power of large trucks, an accident is sure to cause an increase in traffic density. Unfortunately, when a truck is involved in such an accident, many other drivers have difficulty responding in time to avoid collision with the damaged truck. This has the potential to create what is known as a pile up: when one vehicle's collision causes a "domino effect" of other accidents.
These major disasters can be extremely expensive—both collectively and individually for each driver.
Pileups make it difficult to pinpoint the cause and culprit. In the case of a truck accident, there are a number of reasons why it can turn into a multi-vehicle ordeal. When a truck jackknifes or rolls over, it is easy for it to catch other cars within the radius of its destruction. This means that the truck is the primary cause for the pileup and that the other cars had no way of avoiding or preventing the damage they sustain. With injuries being extremely serious, it is important for the victims to be justly compensated.
There are number of defining characteristics that set pileups apart from other truck accidents:
Location: As mentioned before, these accidents tend to occur on high speed roads where reaction time is reduced and impacts are more forceful due to the speed of the vehicles.
Behavior: Location makes it extremely dangerous for victims to leave their cars and assess the damage.
Difficulty Escaping: Victims trapped within their vehicles may have a difficult time escaping the cars and reaching safety. This is dangerous both for victims who are already injured and those in cars with the potential of catching fire.
Jackknife accidents are a serious type of crash where the trailer of a truck swings around so that it forms the shape of a “V” or folded pocket knife with the cab.Learn More
When a truck accident turns into a multi-car pileup, the key to pinpointing liability is to determine what caused the initial accident. Truck accident claims can involve improper turns, speeding, driver distractions, and even dangerous road conditions. Whatever causes a pileup, there is sure to be innocent victims who had no part in contributing to the crash.
If you or someone you know was injured in a multi-vehicle pileup that was caused by a truck accident, turn to Arnold & Itkin LLP for quality service in recovering compensation for your injuries. Our truck accident lawyers have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of past clients. Pileups of any type can be difficult cases to navigate and when a truck is involved, questions of liability become more complicated. Contact Arnold & Itkin LLP today to request your free consultation!