In Missouri, severe snow and storms have contributed to several serious car accidents, including a multiple-vehicle crash in Cass County, Missouri. A semi-truck became jackknifed and blocked all of the Northbound Lanes past 291 Highway. Several vehicles were involved in the multi-vehicle collision, and law enforcement warned other drivers not to drive due to the dangerous road conditions.
At the time of the accident, there was an inch of ice and sleet on the asphalt covering an inch of snow. Unfortunately, multiple vehicle pile-ups are more common during the severe winter weather in Missouri and Kansas. We will discuss several different causes and types of multiple vehicle pile-ups below.
Types of Multiple-Vehicle Car Accidents
Anytime a driver loses control of his or her vehicle, there is a possibility that a multi-vehicle crash will happen. In some cases, a distracted driver who was texting while driving will fail to stop in time and rear-ended the car in front of him. As a result, the car in front will be pushed forward and crash into the car in front of him. One rear-ended driver can cause a chain reaction resulting in multiple vehicles becoming damaged and multiple people becoming injured. Neck and back injuries are common in rear-end collisions due to a victim’s neck flying forward and snapping back upon impact.
In other cases, two or more cars collide, causing the cars moving towards them to crash into them. In the car accident mentioned above, a large semi-truck became jackknifed on a busy highway. The truck blocked several traffic lanes, and the approaching cars had nowhere to go except to collide with the semi-truck or attempt to swerve out of the way, resulting in their collision with another car.
Causes of Multiple Vehicle Car Accidents
Certain factors increase the likelihood of a multiple-vehicle crash occurring, such as:
- Dangerous weather conditions such as icy roads that cause poor visibility
- One or more drivers is speeding down the freeway and cannot stop in time to prevent a multiple vehicle pile-up
- Two vehicles are traveling too close together, making it difficult for them to avoid a collision if something dangerous occurs
- One car collides into another car, and the cars behind him or her cannot veer out of the way in time, even after serving or slamming on the breaks
- Multiple drivers stopped to look at what happened during a car accident, causing more collisions
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
Have you or your loved one been severely injured in a multiple-vehicle car accident in Missouri or Kansas? If so, the experienced car accident lawyers at Griggs Injury Law are here to help. We have a proven track record of obtaining millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn how we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.