6 Injured in 9-Vehicle Crash in Opa-Locka
Car crashes often involve one or two vehicles. The more vehicles involved, the more serious the injuries—for the most part. There are some exceptions. A recent car accident in Florida involved nine vehicles. Six people were injured, but the good news is that there were no fatalities.
A Miami-Dade fire truck was involved in the crash, which happened in Opa-Locka on the evening of March 26. The fire truck collided with a car at Northwest 27th Boulevard and Northwest 135th Street. It caused a chain-reaction accident and seven other vehicles then crashed.
Two people were trapped inside one car and had to be rescued by emergency crews. In total, six people were taken to local hospitals.
What is a Multi-Vehicle Crash?
A multi-vehicle crash occurs when three or more vehicles collide. These are typically rear-end crashes caused by a chain reaction. For example, one vehicle rear-ends the vehicle in front, and then that vehicle gets rear-ended.
Multi-vehicle crashes often occur at high speeds, like on freeways, although they can happen on surface streets as well and at slower speeds. They tend to happen in conditions where visibility is poor, such as in the rain or fog. Vehicles may get too close to each other, and if one slows down, the vehicle behind it may not slow down in time, causing an accident.
When multiple vehicles are involved in a crash, it makes it difficult for the occupants of the vehicles to escape. When many escape, they get hit by cars and trucks passing by. The impact can also cause fires, and when this happens, time is of the essence. A person who does not exit their vehicle in time can burn to death. Because of this, multi-vehicle accidents are often deadly. When a person crashes in a remote area, getting medical help in a timely manner can be almost impossible.
In some cases, dozens or even hundreds of vehicles can be involved in a crash. The United States has seen some serious pileups. In 1995, more than 100 vehicles collided in a crash in Southern California. Fortunately, nobody died, but 28 people were injured. Earlier that same year, 200 vehicles collided on an interstate in Alabama due to fog. One person was killed and 90 others were injured. In 2002, California saw another serious crash, when dense fog caused 216 vehicles to collide. Fortunately, there were no deaths, but 41 people were injured.
Determining liability in these crashes can be complicated. It is hard to tell who initially caused the crash. However, investigators will use many tactics, such as accident reconstructions, to help resolve this issue.
Seek Help for Your Car Accident Case
Car accidents can be very serious, especially when multiple vehicles are involved. In many cases, victims suffer major injuries. While those involved in this crash all survived, that is not always the case.
Car crashes can cause many damages, such as property damage, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The Dade City & Zephyrhills auto accident lawyers at Mander Law Group can help you get the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (800) 557-0411.