Car accidents involving multiple cars increase your chance of injury, especially if the crash is a pileup or chain reaction collision in Homestead or your community. When you have multiple points of impact, you could be injured at any impact, meaning there are multiple risks. This type of crash also increases your risk of crush injuries if your car is one of the first or middle cars to be impacted.
Multiple-car accidents are caused by many factors. Often, these collisions occur on highways, especially in poor weather conditions where one car crashes into the next vehicle. These types of crashes are also more likely in high-traffic situations where cars are close together.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can reduce your risk of multiple-car crashes in Homestead or your Florida community:
- Slow down in poor conditions. If you are on slippery or wet roads, slow down. Your car takes longer to stop in these conditions and if you do not slow down, you can easily cause a shunt accident. Even if poor weather is a factor, drivers can still be held liable if they do not adjust their driving for the weather and cause a traffic collision as a result.
- Keep plenty of space between you and the car in front of you and the vehicle behind you. Leave extra space in front of you, especially if the vehicle is a larger truck or conditions are bad. It can take longer to respond in these situations. Look behind you and try to keep some extra space behind you as well to avoid a rear-end shunt accidents. While you cannot control tailgaters, you can try to move away (where it is safe to do so) so they are not dangerously close.
- If you are in an accident, get your car out of the way or engage your hazard lights. Keeping your car in the way can mean other vehicles crash into it, especially if your car is in an intersection or on a turn where visibility is reduced.
- If you see an accident, use extra caution. In bad weather or heavy traffic, it could be a sign the roads are treacherous. You also don’t want to be so distracted by a collision that you end up crashing into the car.
- Stay alert and drive defensively. One of the best defenses against a multi-car collision is to make sure you can react quickly. Always drive sober and keep alert, with both hands on the wheel and your eyes scanning the road. Drive defensively and be prepared for the unexpected.
If you are in a multiple-vehicle accident, keep in mind that multiple car insurance companies and multiple accounts of what happened can make for a confusing and complex case. In this situation, you certainly want legal representation. Contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) to arrange a free, no obligation consultation. Flaxman Law Group has offices in Homestead, Miami, and Hollywood, serving the entire South Florida area. With more than six decades of combined experience, our legal team has the resources to work on car accident cases with efficiency.