Multiple-vehicle collisions are some of the worst. A single impact is always bad, but when they begin to add up, the injuries seen are devastating. Those who might have otherwise survived suffer hit after hit, injuring themselves past the point of being able to get help.
Multiple-vehicle accidents could happen for many reasons from drivers traveling too closely to one another to driving with distractions. When they happen, many people end up with injuries and some may suffer fatal consequences.
Take, for example, this couple from Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The State Highway Patrol stated that a pickup truck was headed south on U.S. 17 when it suddenly swerved into the turn lane. The sudden move, which happened at around 8:00 p.m., resulted in the vehicle hitting a van. Inside, two elderly people were struck. Their vehicle continued across the lane and ended up impacted by two vehicles that were approaching the scene.
The elderly couple, both 82 years old, passed away after being taken to the hospital for treatment. Another passenger, 51, who was in a vehicle that collided with the van after the initial crash, was also injured. She died from her injuries as well.
The crash was potentially caused by alcohol, according to the news. The 31-year-old driver of the pickup truck survived and has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle. The man will be extradited to North Carolina following treatment at a South Carolina hospital.
Crashes like this one are, for the most part, avoidable. Drivers accused of drinking and driving do have rights, though, and they should not be accused of drunk driving without evidence. A DUI can have a major impact on the penalties you face if you cause injuries or deaths.
Source: WNCN, "NC couple and woman identified after deadly crash at coast," Feb. 19, 2018