Why Did These Four 18-Wheelers Crash Into Each Other?

Photo of winter car crash

Photo of winter car crashA crash in late October left two men dead on I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish. On the afternoon of October 30, the accident happened as eastbound traffic came to a stop due to congestion caused by another accident. The driver of a Peterbuilt 18-wheeler failed to slow down as he approached the upcoming congestion. He smashed into a Freightliner truck, which then was pushed forward into a 2013 International truck. The Freightliner overturned and the 2013 International was pushed forward into a 2016 International truck.

The driver and passenger of the first truck were killed. Other involved parties sustained minor to moderate injuries. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Who Is Liable in Accidents That Involve More than Two Vehicles?

Normally, when a vehicle strikes the vehicle ahead of it, the vehicle behind is considered liable. However, when more than two vehicles are involved, liability gets a little trickier. Law enforcement will investigate the details of each car, position, driver, weather and road conditions that contributed to the accident. They will then look to see which parties contributed to the accident by acting negligently. In some cases, even in multi-vehicle accidents, one party will be assigned the lion’s share of the blame, but it is possible for multiple parties to have some liability.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving multiple parties, you should discuss your case with a personal injury attorney. Your attorney can investigate the accident scene and all evidence to help establish fault and assist you in recovering the maximum amount of damages you are entitled to.


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