When imagining a typical car accident, the first thought may be a collision between two cars. However, crashes often may initially only involve one or two vehicles, but end up resulting in a much larger accident as additional vehicles are unable to avoid crashing into the already-disabled vehicles. These accidents are referred to as chain-reaction crashes, and can pose various challenges when assigning fault and responsibility following a major incident.
In a recent news article, two people were tragically killed in a chain-reaction car accident that shut down roads for nearly eight hours. According to the report, a woman was driving a Nissan Rouge early in the morning when she lost control of her car and crashed into a concrete barrier. Her vehicle traveled back into traffic, colliding with a Chevrolet Equinox. The Nissan then crashed into a semi-truck, and another vehicle hit the Equinox.
Following the accident, the driver of the Nissan and her passenger were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene. Local authorities shut down roads for nearly eight hours in order to conduct their investigation, which resulted in a significant diversion of traffic to a nearby expressway.
Indiana Chain-Reaction Accidents
In Indiana, chain-reaction car accidents can be complex and challenging to navigate given the number of parties involved and the magnitude of the accident. Establishing a timeline and determining fault is crucial for an accident victim to receive the compensation they deserve.
Additionally, time is of the essence in these claims. In Indiana, the statute of limitations provides a timeline by which accident victims must filed a case. If someone’s negligence is the cause of the accident, Indiana law allows for two years to file a claim for a civil remedy for damages. The time is calculated starting on the date of the accident. In the event that an accident victim misses the deadline to file a claim, the court will almost certainly dismiss their claim.
When multiple vehicles are involved in a major car accident, potential plaintiffs are advised to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help them navigate this often complex process. In addition to knowledge of Indiana statute of limitations laws and other personal injury-related rules, the added complexity of a multiple-vehicle crash can make things more challenging. Establishing other motorists’ fault, getting a clear picture of the facts through a thorough investigation, and figuring out who exactly caused the crash can often be a daunting task. However, with the right representation, accident victims can effectively pursue a claim for compensation.
Have You Been Injured in an Indiana Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured recently in an Indiana car accident, contact Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse today. Our team of dedicated, experienced, and compassionate lawyers has worked with countless clients to help get them the compensation that they deserve following an accident. We routinely handle all types if injury claims, including slip and fall accidents, incidents of medical malpractice, injuries caused by defective products, and more. To learn more, and schedule a free consultation, contact us today at 888-532-7766.