Reckless Driving Can Cause Multi-Vehicle Accidents That Injure Multiple People

A drunk driver on the I-15 Freeway in Temecula collided with two other vehicles, leading to injuries and one fatality.

Assigning percentages of fault after a car accident that involves only two cars is not always simple. Unless one driver did something egregiously dangerous, such as driving at double the speed limit or driving north in a southbound lane, there are usually things that both drivers could have done differently to prevent the accident. With accidents that involve three or more vehicles, sometimes called multi-vehicle pileups, it is often easier to assign fault; when the first vehicle strikes the second vehicle, there is often little the second driver can do to avoid colliding with the third vehicle. Unfortunately, though, when more than two vehicles are involved, the chances are greater that multiple people will be injured in the accident. If you have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, contact a Temecula car accident lawyer.

Multi-Vehicle Pile Ups are Not Just for 18-Wheelers

You have probably seen horrifying images on the news of truck accidents on the highway that involved dozens of vehicles, shut down several lanes of traffic, and resulted in numerous people being hospitalized. Commercial trucks are at high risk of causing multi-vehicle pileups; because of a truck’s large size, a small mistake by a truck driver can cause the truck to collide with more than one car and cause enormous damage. There are also other situations where multi-vehicle pile ups can occur, though. On a busy road where traffic is moving quickly, it is possible for one car to strike another, propelling it into the path of a third car. Multi-vehicle pile ups can also result from rear-end collisions at red lights.

Gardena Grandmother Dies After Drunk Driver Veers Into Her Path

One evening in August 2021, Jawed Naweed of Menifee was driving on the Rancho California Road on ramp to the I-15 Freeway in Temecula. Driving well in excess of the speed limit and allegedly under the influence of alcohol, he was unable to navigate the turn onto the freeway, so he veered into the freeway traffic too soon, crossing the path of a car where a man and a woman were in the front seat and a woman was in the back seat. After this car truck Naweed’s SUV, he collided with another car, which had two occupants. The 80-year-old woman who had been sitting in the back seat without a seatbelt suffered fatal injuries; the other four people in the cars that collided with SUVs were treated for their injuries at nearby hospitals. Uninjured, Naweed, 36, got out of his SUV, and another vehicle picked him up and drove away. He returned to the scene about 90 minutes later, and he was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter and hit and run.

Contact a Temecula Car Accident Lawyer

A car accident lawyer in Riverside County can help you if you suffered serious injuries in a car accident that involved three or more vehicles. Contact Gibbs & Fuerst LLP in Murrieta, California to set up a consultation about your car accident case.