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Chain Reaction Car Accidents

Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyers

After you’re in a car accident, it can take a few seconds to get your bearings. The first thing people think is often “what just happened?” Then, they begin to worry about making sure everyone is ok, calling the police, and going through the process of cleaning up the scene. However, some car accident victims don’t have the luxury of taking those few seconds to gather themselves. Instead, a car accident for them leads to a second, and sometimes even a third collision.

How Do Chain Reaction Car Accidents Happen?

The rules of the road were designed to keep cars away from each other and keep the roads safe. But, sometimes it only takes one car to cause chaos on the streets.

  • Rear End Accidents: Sometimes vehicles are hit from behind with such force that it pushes the car forward. If the car jumps a couple inches, it usually isn’t a problem. But, when a car jump forwards a few feet, it can be especially dangerous in certain situations. If a car is stopped at a light or a stop sign, being pushed forward a few feet can put the car into traffic, where it can be hit by crossing traffic at high speeds.
  • Left Turn Accidents: When a vehicle takes a left turn into oncoming traffic, this often has severe consequences for a few reasons. First, these accidents usually happen at significant speed. This can cause cars to travel a significant distance after impact. Second, these accidents happen at intersections with many cars traveling in many directions. So, when cars collide, they are often thrown into the lane of oncoming traffic, causing multiple collisions.
  • Highway Accidents: Traveling on the highway is very regimented. These rules allow cars to travel at very high speeds in a relatively safe way. But when a collision happens on the highway, it can be difficult for other vehicles to safely maneuver around the two colliding cars. This is why you often see news stories about multi-car pile ups on the highway.
Multiple Impacts - Serious Injuries

Many people think about car accidents as a single, instantaneous event. However with chain reaction car accidents, there are often multiple times that a person’s body is jolted within the car, causing injury. For example, oftentimes a person can suffer a severe injury during the initial collision. This is when airbags go off, and the chain reaction begins. Then, a vehicle may be thrown in a different direction, creating additional opportunity for injury. A someone in a chain reaction car accident may hit something on the road like a guard rail or a telephone pole, or even end up being struck by a second car.

Experienced Car Accident Attorneys

At Marcotte Law Firm, we’ve handled thousands of cases for thousands of people in car accidents. When you’ve been doing it for decades, you’ve seen almost every type of collision. Chain reaction car accidents are something we’ve seen before, and we know that we’ll see them again. We understand the intricacies of these cases, including figuring out who was at fault. This is especially important when someone has significant injuries, but not enough insurance.

If you’ve been injured in a chain reaction car accident, call the car accidents attorneys at Marcotte Law Firm for a free consultation.

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