Car accidents in Indiana can become dangerous when fire erupts

A multi-vehicle collision may create chaos on the road, leading to road closures as the scene and damages are assessed. But car accidents that involve vehicle fires can become even more dangerous and urgent for victims and anyone else around. One car accident in Indiana resulted in a road closure for a few hours, and two of the three vehicles caught fire as three people suffered injuries.

The accident happened in the middle of the night as a Ford Explorer was stranded on the shoulder of the road because of a flat tire. A 21-year-old man was sitting in the passenger seat of the Ford when a Dodge Durango came along and hit the Explorer. Then, both vehicles ended up in a lane of traffic, where a third vehicle struck the Explorer. That third vehicle hit a concrete barrier afterwards.

Two of the vehicles caught fire. A police officer on the scene had to break a window of one vehicles to get the doors open. Three people involved were transported to the hospital for injuries suffered in the melee. Everyone involved was wearing seatbelts at the time. The road was closed for about two hours.

Once all of the facts are known and if any kind of liability can be shown on the part of one or more parties involved, car accidents of this sort can lead to a civil suit. In this case, the injured victims may have legal cause to pursue a personal injury case. A successful suit in an Indiana civil court can lead to damages that can prove useful as a victim needs to deal with lost wages or medical bills as a result of someone else's recklessness.

Source: Chicago Tribune, " Fiery multiple-car crash sends three to the hospital", Michelle L. Quinn, March 12, 2016