Do you know the most common causes of multi-vehicle accidents?

February 6, 2018

Multi-vehicle crashes don't occur as often as single or two-vehicle crashes, but when they do happen, those involved face serious risks. In most cases, the vehicles involved are struck multiple times, often from different directions. Life threatening injuries usually result. Even more troubling is the fact that it's difficult to avoid these accidents types because they are unpredictable. 


Some of the most likely causes of multi-vehicle crashes include:

  • Weather

Weather can interfere with a driver's ability to see or maintain control of their vehicles. Risk increases with rain, snow, ice, and fog, causing difficulty for drivers to see or react properly. Oddly enough, statistics indicate fair weather can also create accidents as drivers are less attentive to possible risks.

  • Following too closely

Many crashes are chain-reaction fender-benders or rear-end collisions. These crashes often happen when vehicles are traveling too close together. All it takes is the lead driver to hit their brakes to cause a pile-up.

  • Curiosity/Rubbernecking

Drivers who pass through an area where an accident has occurred are also vulnerable. It’s tempting to look at accident scenes, but doing so puts you at risk of causing additional accidents, or hitting emergency personnel.

  • Speeding

Obviously, driving over the speed limit is a major cause accidents, including multi-vehicle crashes. 

  • Texting

Distracted driving, often caused by texting, is fast becoming one of the leading causes of accidents on Tennessee highways.


The victims of multi-vehicle crashes frequently suffer serious injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and rehab. The injuries may prevent going back to work for weeks, months, or more. As a result, the entire family is affected via lost wages, household issues, medical bills, potential loss of companionship, and more.


At the law offices of T. Verner Smith, we believe innocent victims should never be forced to pay out of pocket expenses for crashes that weren’t their fault.


If you, a family member, or someone you know has been hurt in a multi-vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver...the victims may be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation.


At the law offices of T. Verner Smith, we represent clients who have suffered personal injury due to the negligence of another. These types of lawsuits not only provide necessary compensation for those who were wrongfully hurt in an accident, but also creates an environment of caution leading to higher safety standards for all. Contact us for a free consultation at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.

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