A pileup that closes the freeway during busy rush hour can certainly cause headaches for drivers in Nevada who are in a hurry to reach their destinations. However, that is not the worst of circumstances in these situations. Sometimes, a car accident is not merely inconvenient; it is deadly.
Over six vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash that led to the death of a 3-year-old girl. The accident occurred on U.S. 395 north of Reno. The accident began when a cement truck collided with another vehicle. A pileup then ensued, which closed the highway during the morning commute hours while emergency personnel responded to the scene of the crash. It is possible that criminal charges may be filed, however, police are still investigating the deadly crash.
Liability surrounding chain-reaction crashes can be complex. For example, if car A rear-ends car B, it is possible that car A may be held liable for the crash. However, if car B then rear-ends car C, it is possible in some circumstances that car A may be held liable for damages to car C as well. Liability in a chain-reaction crash usually necessitates professional opinions.
No matter who is liable, those injured or killed in car accidents deserve compensation. Although they may obtain some financial recovery from the insurance company, this may not be enough to cover all expenses. For this reason, victims of car accidents or their families may want to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in order to hold the responsible parties liable and to obtain the financial resources they need.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Toddler dies from injuries in Reno highway crash,” . May 2, 2014
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