Three cars collided on Alabama 21. All three vehicles were traveling south at the time of the car accidents. Police do not believe that cell phone use, alcohol or drugs were contributing factors. Investigators believe that a Dodge Ram collided with the rear-end of a Pontiac Vibe. A Nissan Frontier was stopped in front of the Pontiac. The force of the collision drove the Pontiac into the Nissan.
All three vehicles were removed from the scene by a tow truck. The 46-year-old Dodge driver did not report any injuries. The 29-year-old Pontiac driver and the 59-year-old Nissan driver were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Regional Medical Center and then released. There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.
When operating a motor vehicle, a person has an obligation to act carefully and ensure that no other persons are injured. By being aware of surroundings and keeping eyes on the road, drivers can attempt to reduce the likelihood of causing a car accident. Cell phones and other distractions should be avoided while driving.
If an accident occurs due to the carelessness of another person, whether that driver is cited for a traffic violation or not, the driver may be liable for damages. If an impact causes a chain reaction that involves additional vehicles, the driver that initially caused the collision could be liable for all of the damage that results. Persons involved in a car accident are often able to recover for any damage to their vehicles or rental car costs. A person who is injured may also recover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help accident victims.
Source: The Anniston Star, "Three car accident leaves two injured," Rachael Griffin, Feb. 26, 2013