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What Happens During and After a Freeway Chain Collision

By Edited Aug 10, 2016 0 0

Freeway Chain Collisions in Los Angeles are the common causes of catastrophic injuries and death to many drivers, occupants and pedestrians.

Los Angeles freeways such as Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), Long Beach Freeway, Santa Monica freeway, and Ventura freeway have repeated news reports on chain collision.

The population, commercial location, and road design are factors that have contributed to the cases of chain crash on these freeways.

What happens in a chain collision?

Often a driver who is under the influence of alcohol loses control on the wheels, swerves and hits a vehicle. For instance, a Sport Utility Vehicle approaching the accident scene fails to stop on time and crashes on the site.

Vehicles with massive sizes such as SUVs are more prone to chain collision because their weights often make it difficult for them to come to an abrupt or full stop. Immediately stepping on the brake while travelling at high speed will only cause the SUV to lose stability and cause it to trip. If it hits an object, the high center of gravity and narrow distance between tires will trigger a roll over.

Most chain collision results to vehicle fire. A damaged gas tank aggravated by a secondary collision can cause an explosion, especially on rolled over vehicles.

Such chain collision causes catastrophic and fatal injuries to drivers, occupants, and pedestrians.

Examples of injuries are:

  1. Traumatic brain injury
  2. Spinal cord injury
  3. Fractured or broken bones
  4. Internal organ damage

Such types of injuries are often expensive and require longer medical treatment.

If you or your loved one is injured in Freeway Chain Collision in Los Angeles, you can

seek compensation for medical expenses. One way is to file a Personal Injury lawsuit. It allows you to prove the negligent act of one or more parties in the chain collision.

Negligence is the careless act that causes harm to other people. Every citizen is mandated to exercise duty of care to other people to avoid accident. Failure to do so constitutes a negligent act.

Examples of negligent act are:

  1. Traffic violations
  2. Driving Under Influence (DUI)
  3. Texting or using cellphone while driving
  4. Impaired driving

In proving the negligent act, you will have to:

  1. Prove that the liable party/ies have a duty of care over you
  2. Present evidence that such duty of care has been breached
  3. Establish the causes of events leading to accident, resulting to your injuries

In a chain collision, where more than one person is involved in the accident; comparative or contributory negligence theory can be used to clarify and determine the degree of fault for each party.

Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles to help you file the lawsuit.



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