It's the stuff of traffic nightmares -- a pile-up on I-40 westbound involving an estimated 134 vehicles, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. While there were at least 20 people injured, there were no fatalities and none of the injuries was considered life-threatening.
The multiple wrecks occurred late in the afternoon on March 13, a Sunday, over six miles of interstate between the towns of Mebane and Graham in the central part of the state. State troopers were forced to shut down portions of I-40 until shortly after 11 p.m., when the roads were finally cleared of wrecked vehicles and the injured.
Those who were injured were transported to local hospitals by ambulance services from four separate counties.
The communications supervisor from Alamance County told media outlets that the first accident might have been attributed to rain-slick roads. A sergeant with the NCHP commented that subsequent collisions happened when drivers slowed down and took photos of the wrecks.
When there are multi-vehicle accidents, it can be exceedingly difficult to determine liability. Collisions involving over a hundred vehicles will need to be assessed with particular care due to the sheer number. It is essential that the right drivers and their insurance companies are held liable for each incident of injuries and/or damages.
All of that can prove to be quite onerous for the average individual to sort out him or herself, and police reports of that magnitude are not always as detailed as others for less complex wrecks. If you are in a similar set of circumstances, you may find it helpful to get professional advice if you have difficulties filing your claim.
Source: WTOP, "The Latest: 130 vehicles in North Carolina interstate pileup," Associated Press, March 14, 2016