Chain-reaction crashes are some of the most dangerous there are. For example, there was a recent multi-vehicle pileup in North Hollywood in which four vehicles collided on the 170 Freeway at Sherman Way. Three cars were initially involved, but a fourth motorist soon became entangled with the other three vehicles.
Crashes like this are devastating to vehicles because they involve multiple points of impact. In this specific collision, two people were taken to the hospital. It’s typical of multi-vehicle collisions to have several victims.
Multi-vehicle crashes may result in more serious injuries
Since multi-vehicle collisions have multiple impact points, it’s common for various motorists to suffer injuries and for them to be more extensive than those resulting from a single-impact crash. This is because someone may have suffered injuries upon the first impact. The second, third or fourth impact point main then continue damaging their body.
This kind of scenario is why people on highways and other roadways must give themselves plenty of space between themselves and other drivers when operating their vehicles. By putting more space between yourself and other drivers, you’re better able to slow down if a collision happens ahead of you. This could help prevent an already serious pileup from resulting in more significant injuries or fatalities.
What should you do if you’re in a pileup?
If you are involved in a pileup, stay in your vehicle unless it’s unsafe to get out of it. Call 911 and wait for help to arrive. This will keep you safer until the roadway can be blocked off. Then, seek medical attention and look into your legal options.