Accidents occur on South Dakota roads and highways almost every day. In the first five months of 2022 (January through May), there were more than 8,983 people involved in accidents in the state. While some accidents were minor with minimal or no injuries, others were more severe.
One type of accident that commonly results in injuries and even fatalities is multi-vehicle accidents. If you are involved in a multi-vehicle accident, it’s a good idea to seek medical treatment and get in touch with a South Dakota personal injury lawyer from Alvine Law Firm, LLP, as soon as you can.
What Is a Multi-Vehicle Accident?
Multi-vehicle accidents occur when more than one vehicle is involved in a collision or crash. Many people refer to these as “pile-ups.” Usually, these types of accidents are seen on higher traffic roads and interstates where vehicles are traveling at higher speeds. Unfortunately, due to the contributing factors to these accidents, many are deadly.
Common Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents
While most multi-vehicle accidents include issues like distracted driving or speeding, other causes include:
- Obstructions in the road
- Poor weather conditions
- Poor visibility
- Wrong-way drivers
- Drivers following other drivers from other drivers
There are even accounts on the news that state the cause of a multi-vehicle accident was extreme rain or sudden onset fog. These issues resulted in motorists being unable to see the road or other vehicles clearly.
Multi-vehicle accidents can also be caused by slippery roads caused by rain, ice, or snow. In fact, there are several types of adverse road conditions that can contribute to the occurrence of multi-vehicle accidents.
Sometimes these accidents occur because an animal darts into the road or because of potholes and other issues with the road itself.
Determining Liability in Multi-Vehicle Accidents
As you can see, there are several issues that may lead to multi-vehicle accidents. Because of this, determining liability is often more challenging than in other collisions.
Because of how difficult it can be to determine liability in these accidents, it’s recommended that you find and use the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
When you have an attorney, it means you have someone on your side who knows personal injury law and who can use it to help determine negligence in your accident situation. Some of the things that an attorney will do when it comes to multi-vehicle accidents include investigating what happened, gathering information about the collision, talking to witnesses, and negotiating a fair settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Contact Us Today to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation
When it comes to multi-vehicle accidents, there are more than a few factors to consider. Our legal team can help you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries and damages. We have defended hundreds of clients just like you and will provide you with the quality, aggressive representation you need. The first step is to contact our legal office to schedule a free initial consultation with our legal team.