A pile-up accident occurs when several vehicles collide. Typically, these motor vehicle accidents occur on busy highways and freeways across the US. Due to the number of vehicles involved, these accidents are serious and often result in critical injuries and fatalities.
Recently, individuals throughout Texas saw record-breaking winter weather in the form of snow and ice. In Fort Worth, an untreated stretch of interstate resulted in a 133 car pile-up that led to six deaths and many injuries.
This catastrophic accident reminds us of the importance of staying vigilant while on the road, even more so in severe weather conditions. Our hearts go out to our fellow Texans who were impacted by the weather in any way throughout our state.
How to Avoid a Pile-Up Accident
Some multi-vehicle accidents are impossible to avoid. Yet, there are some preventative steps you can take to protect yourself while on the road:
- Slow your speed if you’re driving in the ice, snow or rain.
- Give other motorists plenty of space—don’t tailgate.
- If you need to break, do so slowly and in advance of your stop.
- If you have low visibility during a rainstorm, stop your vehicle somewhere safe and wait for it to pass.
- Be alert at all times—don’t use your phone or text while driving.
What to Do If You’re Involved in a Pile-Up Accident
In the event of a pile-up, the first step is to remain calm. You’ll need to keep a level head to protect yourself and others from further injury. Next, take these steps:
- Stay in your car until it’s safe to move: Your first reaction might be to leave your vehicle. Yet, it’s critical to remain in your car until it’s safe to leave, otherwise, another vehicle may strike you. Keep your seatbelt on and wait. Once it’s clear, you can exit your vehicle and move a safe distance away.
- Seek medical treatment: In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget about your possible injuries. When help arrives, make sure you seek their assistance, even if you don’t think you’re hurt. Some injuries lurk beneath the surface such as traumatic brain injuries and soft tissue injuries.
- Record the accident: When you’re able, write down any details you can remember about the accident. It’s also helpful to take photos of your car and the crash scene for insurance purposes.
- Call your insurance company: You’ll need to notify your insurance company to file a claim. We recommend reaching out to an attorney first who can help you communicate with your insurer.
Call Ted B. Lyon & Associates Today for Legal Support
Being in a car accident can be overwhelming and frightening, especially one involving multiple vehicles. We’re here to help. If you’ve been involved in an accident, reach out to the legal team at Ted B. Lyon & Associates by calling 866-503-4864 or send us a message.
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