Motor vehicle accidents involving more than two cars can be very difficult to untangle. One of the most troubling aspects is sorting out witness statements. Accidents often happen within a few seconds, and in a multi-vehicle collision, witnesses cannot always be counted on for reliability. In these types of accidents, an accident reconstruction team can be the best way to determine what happened. A recent three-vehicle collision in Hesperia demonstrates the difficulty of finding the truth.
According to police reports, emergency personnel responded to reports of an accident at about 4:00 p.m. The first responders found the remains of a collision involving three vehicles. Investigators believe that a Mazda 3 traveling westbound on Third Avenue missed a stop sign and collided with a Chevrolet Cobalt. The impact from the collision with the Cobalt caused the Cobalt to roll over, ejecting the driver. The Mazda rebounded from the collision with the Chevrolet and struck a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was traveling south on Seventh Avenue.
Injuries and deaths
The 70-year-old driver of the Chevy Cobalt was taken to Desert Valley Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving. Five people were riding in the Mazda. Two were airlifted to local trauma centers with serious injuries, and one was taken to another hospital with moderate injuries. The remaining passengers were released at the scene. The persons riding in the Ford pickup were taken to another local hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
Police did not release any information about whether drugs or alcohol was involved in the accident.
Looking for liability
Anyone who has been injured or has lost loved ones in a similar accident may by interested in pursuing claims for damages against any party whose negligence caused or contributed to the accident. The driver of the Mazda appears to bear the majority of the fault in this accident, but further investigation may change this conclusion. The assistant of a competent personal injury attorney may be invaluable in determining the sequence of events involved in the collision and in affixing liability.