Concertina Collision Accident Claim *
Concertina collision claims * refers to an claims for road traffic accidents * involving multiple vehicles. This happens when one car hits another which causes that to hit the car in front and so on, causing a pile-up. Road traffic accidents * are very common in any type of situation but concertina accidents usually occur in areas heavy traffic where there is a large volume of vehicles on the road, for example on a motorway.
These types of car accidents * tend to not only create a lot of damage to the vehicles but injuries that the people sustain could be worse than a one or 2 car accident, especially for those in the middle who are hit from front and behind. If you have been involved in a concertina collision that was caused by another party, then you may be entitled to pursue a legal action.
Who is liable?
After a car accident it is important to determine who was liable for the accident. In most cases, these accidents are caused during heavy traffic as a result of a driver not taken proper care to ensure that they are driving in a safe manner. They may not be aware that the vehicles in front have stopped or slowed down causing them to crash into them. In these cases the person at the back of the pile up may be held responsible as they pushed the car in front of them into the car in front of them and the knock on effect started that way. The cares in the front or middle vehicle is generally not found responsible if the collusion started from behind them.
- Head Injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Nerve Injury
- Whiplash Injuries ( including long term whiplash effects )
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Injuries to the legs and feet
- Breaks and fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
Speeding is a leading cause of road traffic accidents. If you are driving over the set speed limit then you are more at risk of being involved in a road accident. If you have to brake suddenly it will take you longer to slow down as you will be coming down from a higher speed than other vehicles on the road. If you collide with another vehicle while speeding it is more likely that they will crash into the vehicle in front of them as they will have been hit at a high speed.
Not obeying the rules of the road
Breaking the rules of the road and driving in an unsafe manner creates the risk of an accident. All road users have a duty of care to ensure that they are obeying the rules and regulations in place. Driving in an unsafe manner put the lives of others at risk. There is a universal expectation that we will all obey these rules.
Poor road conditions
Poor or inadequate lighting, faded or non-existent road markings, debris on the road, potholes and broken guardrails can cause accidents and lead to a driver veering off their own lane and into the back of another.
Heavy traffic is the main cause of concertina collisions. Due to the volume of cars on the road it can be difficult to drive in these conditions. While driving in heavy traffic it is almost guaranteed that you will have to brake suddenly at some stage during your journey, causing you to crash into the back of the vehicle in front if you are not taking proper care. If a driver was to take their eyes off the road for even a second while in heavy traffic then they may not be aware of what is happening around them which can lead to accidents.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
In most recent stats published by the Health Research Board, Ireland is among the highest alcohol consuming countries in the E.U. According to RSA’s most recent report 38% of all fatalities and other road collisions involved drivers who has consumed alcohol.
Alcohol and drugs impairs a person’s driving ability and increases the risk of a collision. People who drive at the legal limit are 6 times more likely to be involved in a collision.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you would like to find out more information on this topic or the claims process involved in making a concertina collision accident claim * feel free to contact our road traffic accident solicitors * on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
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