Chain reaction accidents can be quite complicated.
A multi-vehicle accident at a busy Harlem intersection left eleven people injured. Three cars and a motorcycle were involved in the collision that occurred on the westbound side of 125th Street at Lenox Avenue. CBS News reported (3.13.15) that the first crash occurred when a delivery van hit the back of a four-door Nissan. The motorcycle was behind the van. Seven people had serious but non-life-threatening injuries and four had minor injuries.
A day later, NBC News (3.14.15) clarified that the driver of a van had apparently run a red light.
More car accidents occur at intersections than any other place on the road. Red light running is one of the leading causes of car accidents in cities. These crashes may result in serious injury or even death. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) over the last several years an average of 21% of car accident fatalities and approximately 50% of the serious injuries have been attributed to intersections.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 683 people were killed and an estimated 133,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running in 2012.
In a 2010 report from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 96.1% of the accidents at intersections were attributed to driver error and only about 3% to other factors such as weather or vehicle malfunction.
A simple rear-end accident occurs when one vehicle hits the vehicle in front of it. In the majority of those cases, the rear vehicle is deemed negligent and liable for damages. The chain reaction crash at the Harlem intersection involved four different vehicles and drivers. Investigators will determine whether the driver who ran the red light was negligent. They will also take a look at the actions of the other drivers involved in the accident. For example, were one or more drivers engaging in distracted driving, or driving too close to the vehicle in front? However, it’s also possible that one or more of the drivers could have done nothing to prevent being part of the collision. A car may be completely and safely stopped at a light only to be pushed into the rear of another vehicle.
Car accidents are often unintentional but are the result of negligence on the part of one or more drivers. Negligence generally means careless or reckless behavior that results in harm or damage. A car accident case is based on the negligence of the driver, or drivers, being at fault for the accident.
Individuals who were involved in a chain-reaction collision and-or a red light accident, or their loved ones, and have questions regarding the accident or as to liability, please contact an experienced auto accident lawyer.