An initial accident that happens between two vehicles is considered a primary car accident. However, there are also secondary car accidents that occur as a direct result of that initial primary car accident. In some cases, a secondary car accident can even be more catastrophic and damaging, resulting in serious personal injuries, property damage, and even fatalities.
Understanding Secondary Car Accidents
Secondary car accidents are ones that occur as either a direct or indirect consequence of the primary car accident. A secondary car accident typically occurs shortly after a primary accident and within close proximity to the primary accident. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 20 percent of all traffic accidents are actually secondary accidents.
Causes of Secondary Car Accidents
There are several different causes as secondary car accidents, however, the most common include the following:
- Distracted drivers looking at the primary accident as they drive by (also known as “rubbernecking”)
- Tailgating in the traffic that backed up as a result of the primary accident
- Spilled cargo
- Sudden traffic stops
- Debris in the roadways from the primary accident
- Disabled vehicles from the primary accident
- Drivers swerving to avoid the primary accident
Determining Negligence in Secondary Car Accidents
Secondary car accidents often have conflicts issues relating to determining negligence. To receive compensation for your injuries and losses following a car accident, you must prove who the negligent party was to file a claim against. In many cases, secondary car accidents involve multiple cars, making it difficult to determine exact negligence for each victim. A victim must consider visiting with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that their legal rights are protected and that the correct negligent parties are held accountable for their actions.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one, were involved in a second car accident, contact the experienced car accident attorneys that can help you understand your rights and help you determine the negligent party responsible for your injuries and losses. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at David Aylor Law Offices today at (843) 212-2684 or online.