As Joplin Missouri car accident lawyers, we have repeatedly seen the injuries
and devastation to people's lives that chain reaction accidents can
cause. In the news recently: three people were injured outside of the
tiny village of Halltown MO, in what could be considered a four-vehicle
chain reaction accident.
Generally, the term chain reaction accident refers to several cars that
pile up behind the original accident, and these crashes can have been
known to involve up to twenty or more vehicles. Icy roads or other hazardous
conditions are one of the main causes. However, this was a very different
kind of chain reaction crash.
The terrifying accident occurred Monday Nov 14th, a half-mile west of Halltown
in Lawrence County. The first vehicle, heading westbound on I-44, ran
into the median. It rolled over onto its roof, then returned onto the
road, and was sliding down the highway when it was struck by the second
vehicle, a pickup truck driven by Jeremy L. Hopkins of Cowden, Ill.
The force of this collision flung the still overturned car against a bridge,
where it was struck by yet another westbound vehicle driven by Amy S.
Rhoades of Herrik, Ill. As if that wasn't bad enough, this overturned
vehicle (with three people trapped inside it) struck the bridge a second
time, finally colliding with a tractor-trailer driven by Larisa Morosanu
It is both fortunate and quite amazing that the occupants of the first
vehicle survived this devastating chain of events. According to the Highway
Patrol's report, the driver of one of the vehicles, Petar G. Kuzmanov,
of Willard, and his passengers, Hristo K. Kristov, and Laurne R. Weiner,
both of Springfield, were taken by medical helicopter and ambulance to
Springfield's St. John's Hospital.
Chain Reaction Accident Claims Can be Complicated
From the news report, it sounds like no one but the three occupants of
the first vehicle were injured in this accident. However, depending on
the circumstances, chain reaction accidents are known to leave a long
train of personal injury claims in their wake. Determining the exact sequence
of events is important for the victims of the accident to receive fair
Obviously, an injury claim resulting from a car accident with multiple
vehicles can be much more complicated than the usual two car crash--if
only because there can be many more victims and defendants, each with
their own insurance company and its own lawyers in the mix.
For this reason, Joplin car accident lawyers advise consulting with a lawyer
right away if you have been injured in a chain reaction accident--certainly
before signing any insurance paperwork or accepting the first offer that
comes your way from an insurance company. Along with signing to accept
a settlement offer, you may be signing away your rights to pursue further
compensation if your injuries turn out to be more serious, longer lasting
and more costly than you originally realized.
The Joplin car accident law firm of Aaron Sachs and Associates offers a
no-cost initial consultation to assess your case. Of course, not all accident
claims require the services of a lawyer, or could be better facilitated
by hiring a lawyer. Call us today to find out if we can help you with
your accident claim.
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