Multi-vehicle traffic accidents often begin quietly, with one car hitting an obstacle or leaving the roadway. Then a second vehicle becomes involved by hitting the first car. As more damaged vehicles jam the roadway, other vehicles seem unable to avoid becoming part of the collision. This chain reaction scenario recently occurred on I-275 between the exits for KY-8 and US 50.

Police were initially called to respond to a single car accident on Monday morning. The first report said that a Chevrolet Camaro had collided with another car on I-275. After police arrived on the scene, three other vehicles joined the pile-up, including a Jeep Wrangler, a Trailblazer and a Ford F-150. The drivers of the Camaro and the Wrangler were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Trailblazer was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and the driver of the F-150 was reported to be uninjured.

Police did not release any early word on the cause of the accident. Neither alcohol nor drugs were mentioned, but either or both could be added as causes. The accident is being investigated by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to pursue a claim for damages against the party or parties who were at fault. In this case, fault may be apportioned among the drivers of the various vehicles. For example, the Camaro driver may have been speeding when the chain reaction began. The drivers of the Jeep, the Trailblazer and the F-150 may have failed to pay attention to road conditions.

The assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney can be very helpful in such cases. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence, devise legal theories to support a lawsuit and provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.