When several vehicles get into an accident, the extent of damages and injuries can be much greater, meaning the more complicated the case will be. While your safety and that of others are of the highest priority, avoiding a multi-car accident can help you prevent a very costly and complex lawsuit in Texas.
Understanding multi-car accidents
A multi-car accident is any type of collision involving three or more vehicles. These accidents can happen in a number of ways, but they typically involve a chain reaction. One car rear-ends another, which causes that car to hit the one in front of it, and so on.
Common causes of multi-car accidents
The most common cause of multiple car accidents in Texas is distracted driving. It only takes a split second for a driver to take their eyes off the road, and that can be enough time for an accident to happen. Other factors that can lead to multi-car accidents include, but are not limited to: driving too close to one another, speeding, operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and bad weather conditions.
Avoiding multi-car accidents
You can ensure your safety and that of others by practicing defensive driving. This means always being aware of your surroundings and anticipating what other drivers might do. It’s also recommended (in fact, you are legally obligated) to give yourself plenty of space between your car and the one in front of you so that you have time to stop if necessary. And finally, always drive within the posted speed limit.
When claiming compensation for your vehicle damages or bodily injuries either through the court or insurance company, you will need all the evidence you collected from the scene to get maximum compensation. This includes pictures of the scene, witness statements, police reports, dashcam cameras, etc. The law also requires you to exchange your contact information, insurance company and policy number with the other parties.