The more vehicles involved in a collision, the more likely the victims will suffer severe injuries.
Most motor vehicle accidents involve two vehicles; however, some collisions involve multiple vehicles. The more number of vehicles involved in a collision, the more likely the victims will suffer severe injuries and property damage. Considering the high traffic volume in Chicago, multi-car accidents are more common than you think.
Intersections are the most common location for multiple vehicle accidents because this is the place where vehicles converge. A distracted or an intoxicated driver at a four-way stop can cause a multiple vehicle accident by failing to yield the right of way. The possibility of a multi-vehicle collision increases further when the intersections have unique designs. This more commonly occurs at older intersections where three streets intersect. If the driver is distracted or intoxicated, he or she may not see the third street and remain unaware of oncoming traffic.
Chicago is an older city and many streets intersect haphazardly with high traffic roads converging in strange patterns and at unusual angles. Those who drive on these roads regularly are familiar with them but those who are new to them are at a high risk of being involved in a collision. For this reason, tourists are at a higher risk of an accident, because they may be unfamiliar with an intersection that has a unique or atypical design.
Highways and Rush Hour
Another common location for multi-vehicle accidents are highways. Expressways and highways are full of large and small vehicles and when you combine this large number of vehicles with high speeds, the risk of a collision becomes quite high. Most highways have numerous lanes of traffic and the chances of collision between two vehicles affecting other vehicles becomes high. A high-speed collision between two vehicles can cause one or both vehicles to spin out of control or roll over, posing a danger to other vehicles traveling in other lanes.
The risk of multi-vehicle collisions increases during rush hour. A collision between two vehicles can easily cause a chain reaction leading to a multi-vehicle accident. The risk of a multi-vehicle collision on a highway is higher in bad weather conditions such as when there is snow or ice on the road.
Chicago Auto Wreck Attorney
It is not possible for you to control the driving behavior of others on the road; however, you can take steps to prevent a multi-vehicle accident. In bumper-to-bumper traffic, maintain a larger than normal following distance. When you approach intersections, look carefully and proceed only when it is completely safe to do so. It may be difficult to determine liability if you have been involved in a multi-vehicle accident. Speak with a Chicago auto wreck attorney to understand your legal options. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.