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Kentucky Freeway Chain-Reaction Crashes

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Kentucky has roughly 1,200 miles of freeways that mike up the lifelines that connect its cities, town and communities. Unfortunately, these same roads present a high risk of chain-reaction accidents.

While a chain-reaction accident can happen on just about any road, the high speeds of the divided multi-lane freeways are ripe for some of the most dangerous and deadly of these accidents. A chain-reaction is an accident that involves three or more vehicles that is usually started when two vehicles collide setting off other collisions with more vehicles.

One Dead Eight Injured in Chain-Reaction Crash in Hart County

A chain-reaction crash occurred at the 55-mile marker of I-65 in Hart County Friday night, January 3, 2020. One person died and eight others injured in the accident that started when an SUV lost control and hit a guard rail and then was hit by a pickup truck when it bounced back on the freeway.

A tractor-trailer then struck the SUV before it finally came to a rest. The driver of the SUV and three juvenile passengers were among those taken to local hospitals. Kentucky State Police say that the accident is under investigation, and as of yet, no charges have been filed.

Why are Chain-Reaction Accidents so Dangerous?

Any car involved in a chain-reaction is at risk of a second or even third impact. On freeways where cars are going over 55 mph, even a slight bump can cause a serious crash, and this is compounded by the possibility of other vehicles coming on the scene and joining in the crash.

Another problem with these is that many victims are hurt when they get out of their cars and become pedestrians. At this point, they no longer have the protection of their vehicle and are vulnerable to a direct hit from another vehicle.

Injuries in a Chain-Reaction

Chain-Reaction crashes are also ripe for other types of crashes like rollover and ejections that are some of the most deadly types of crashes. With the high speed of the cars and the force of the impacts in a chain reaction comes the risk of severe injuries, and some  of the most common of these are:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Broken Arm/Legs
  • Fractured and Displaced Ribs
  • Compression Injuries
  • Thoracic Spine Injuries (Whiplash)
  • Burn Injuries
  • Spine Injuries
  • Deep Lacerations
  • Organ Damage
  • Airbag Injuries

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.

Talk to a Louisville Personal Injury Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law.The attorneys at Kaufman &  Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.

 

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