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Multi-car accidents can be deadly on California roads

Traffic accidents are an unfortunate reality for motorists in the Bay Area and throughout California. When accidents involve multiple vehicles, they can become increasingly more dangerous, as more people, cars and trucks are at risk. Chain reaction crashes, especially at highway speeds, can be particularly perilous for drivers. The fault in such car accidents can sometimes be difficult to ascertain.

The dangers of multi-car accidents were recently illustrated in a crash just south of the Bay Area. A big rig and another vehicle had come to a stop due to a lane closure. A third car began to slow, anticipating the need to stop due to the traffic backup. A fourth car smashed into the back of the third car and caused a chain-reaction collision involving multiple vehicles. One motorist died in the Highway 101 crash.

While the accident investigation is still underway, it is unclear why the driver that caused the chain-reaction crash failed to slow and stop. This type of accident is commonly caused by inattentive or distracted drivers, who are focused on something other than the road ahead of them. Regardless, in most cases, the fault in a rear-end accident will be ascribed to the driver who collided first.

Anyone who suffered an injury in a car accident that was caused by another driver - whether due to inattention, distraction or any other cause - may be owed compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and any other expenses incurred as a result of the crash. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist in investigating such accidents and work with the insurance companies on behalf of accident victims. In the end, such assistance attempt to make sure victims receive the compensation to which they are entitled.

Source: SFGate, "Foreign national from India killed in crash identified," Bay City News Service, April 25, 2018

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