Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors star, was involved in a three-car accident on Friday morning on a California highway. The good news is that Curry did not suffer from any complications from the accident.
Authorities state that Curry was driving a black Porsche, just before 9 a.m. on Highway 24 along the Oakland side of the Caldecott Tunnel. Another driver in a Lexus lost control and hit Curry’s Porsche. The driver of the silver Lexus sedan lost control after coming out of the tunnel and crossed several lanes of traffic, moving to the far-left lane before hitting the Porsche. The Lexus then went on to slam into the concrete wall, as seen in a dashcam video of the incident.
Curry moved to the center median to wait for officers to arrive. While waiting on the California Highway Patrol to arrive, another sedan lost control of their vehicle and rear-ended Curry’s vehicle around 10 minutes later. Curry’s vehicle was severely damaged in the incident.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the rain was likely the cause of the accident. After having been assisted by the officers, Curry took the time to take a photo with the officers in the rain, seeming in good spirits.
The officer on the scene, Baza, said no one had been injured or arrested in the crash, and that rain was a large factor.
Curry arrived at the team practice facility after the crash for shootaround, and later posted this tweet as thanks:
“Don’t need any reminders, but All the Time God is Great, and God is Great all the time! Appreciate all the texts.”
The CHP, California Highway Patrol, made a post stating, “Thankfully, everyone walked away uninjured due to everyone wearing their seatbelts, We would like to remind everyone to slow it during inclement weather.”
The Warriors have not had Curry playing since November 8th as he is still in recovery after facing a strained left groin. Curry did not play in the game on Friday and will also miss the game on Saturday versus the Sacramento Kings.
An update is expected on his status Saturday as Curry has been gaining more individual work over the past week. At present, there is no definitive timetable available for his return. Steve Kerr, the head coach for the Warriors, mentioned to reporters that the team would be rather cautious during Curry’s recovery process.
Kerr, speaking after the game on Friday night, said that Curry was feeling fine. “He was a little shaken up like anybody would be getting into a car accident, but thankfully nobody was hurt, and Steph’s doing fine,” said Kerr, who then joked that Curry likely “has another car that he can drive.”
How Does A Multi-Vehicle Accident Occur?
A negligent driver that sets off a chain reaction of a multi-car accident can have 3, 4, 10, 20, or potentially, even more vehicles in an accident within just a few seconds. These accidents often will occur on the terrifying highways where most vehicles are going 70 miles per hour or more, and that can make a pileup, massive.
A victim in such an accident can find themselves suffering from catastrophic injuries, such as burns, amputation, brain injuries, or even death. It is important for anyone injured in this type of accident to contact an expert car accident attorney that is able to determine who the liable parties are and help you negotiate a settlement.
Common Types of Multi-Car Accidents
There are a number of ways that a multiple vehicle accident can occur, but more often than not, they will occur in one of three types of accidents. They are the following:
- Intersection Crash
- Highway Accident
- Rear-End Collisions
Let’s break this down a little further.
An example of an intersection crash would be a driver rushing to prevent stopping at a red light, then runs that light, hitting another vehicle that can set off a chain reaction of accidents. This can also occur when a driver fails to yield to the intersection’s right of way.
A highway accident is one of the most dangerous of these multi-car accidents due to the high speed involved. There can be a lot more vehicles involved in these types of accidents as well as there is not much room to swerve out of the way.
A multi-car crash can occur from a single rear-end collision when one of the vehicles pushes another vehicle into the car in front.
Typical Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents
Due to more people being involved, there is a higher chance of death or catastrophic injuries for multiple car accidents in comparison with an accident involving only two vehicles. This comes from the fact that a vehicle has the potential to be hit multiple times and in multiple directions in some cases.
Add to the fact that glass will be flying, metal is getting crushed, and gas could be leaking, more danger, and serious injuries can occur.
The sad truth is that a lot of these crashes are able to be prevented. Let’s go over some of the causes that cause multi-vehicle accidents to occur.
Common causes for accidents include:
- Drowsy or sleepy driving.
- Driving while intoxicated.
- Distracted driving.
- Weather conditions.
- Construction areas.
Let’s dive deeper into these different types of accident causes.
When a driver is sleepy or drowsy, this can lead to the driver falling asleep at the wheel. This can cause an accident for obvious reasons, as the vehicle has the potential to crash into another driver without the sleeping driver even being aware of what occurred.
An intoxicated driver is another example of an obvious cause for an accident to occur. When driving under any kind of influence, an individual’s driving abilities are impaired. The reaction time, reasoning, and even their ability to stay alert and aware can be affected, causing them to crash.
When a driver takes their mind or eyes off the road at any point in time while driving, it can create a perfect recipe for an accident. Whether it is texting someone back, eating any food, taking a drink, talking on the phone, or anything else that could take your focus away from the wheel, it can cause a serious accident.
It should be obvious, but driving above the posted speed limits is an accident waiting to happen. A driver that speeds are risking losing control of the vehicle they are driving and potentially causing an accident. Speeding to avoid a red light being the most common reason, can lead to rear-ending another driver fairly easily. A driver that is speeding does not typically have enough time to slow down or stop their vehicle in order to prevent an accident.
Weather conditions are often the cause of many multiple vehicle accidents. This can cause accidents for many reasons, whether a driver fails to slow down or conditions are poor, or drivers are simply not using safe practices. Large pileups on the highway are often caused when there is snow, ice, fog, or heavy rain.
The practice of drivers staring at other accidents or traffic build-ups instead of paying attention to the road is known as rubbernecking. This practice can cause another accident as it is a type of distracted driving.
Construction areas are a recipe for accidents. This is due to impatient drivers trying to rush through a slow zone. Construction zones often have little room to move in, which leaves drivers in a difficult position when someone causes an accident ahead of them.
A driver that often speeds often tailgates as well. Tailgating is when you are riding bumper to bumper with another vehicle. This creates an accident due to the inability to slow down or stop when the vehicle in front of you stops.
Multi-Car Accident: Who’s to Blame?
Any accident can be traumatic, so having more vehicles involved only adds to the trauma. How is it that insurance companies determine who is to blame in multiple car pileups? Who is at fault? Who will have to pay damages?
These are important questions that occur when you are dealing with an accident involving multiple vehicles.
After a multi-car accident occurs, the police will be in charge of determining who was the cause of the chain reaction that started the accident. This is why it is important not to move your vehicle if at all possible. Special circumstances do change this rule, however. The main reason a person may need to move their vehicle after an accident is safety. You should always move to the median or side of the road if possible, to get out of the way of traffic and prevent further accidents. It is recommended to stay inside your vehicle and leave your seatbelt on. Especially if the scene of the accident is dangerous, it is best to stay in your vehicle and wait for the EMT and police to arrive before taking any action.
The scene of the accident, as well as the testimonies of all drivers, will reflect who is determined to be at fault on the police report. The police will have to go over all of the possible causes of accidents in order to determine which occurred in that accident.
This becomes more and more complicated; the more vehicles are involved in the accident. Not only do multi-car accidents have a higher risk of injuries, but they are much more complicated for determining the cause of the accident. There are some instances where more than one driver is found at fault, and the drivers will have to share blame and payment.
These drivers do not have to be found equally at fault either; a person could be 30% at fault for an incident while another was found 70% at fault. This percentage will be the amount that their insurance company will be responsible for paying for. When you are found at fault for an accident, this allows other drivers to be able to sue you for damages.
What to Do After A Multi-Car Accident
So, what should you do after you are in a multi-car accident? First and foremost, treat this incident like any other truck or car accident. Then take a look at the following list of things you should do after an accident.
- Do not get out of your vehicle unless it is safe to do so
- Take photos and videos of the scene, if possible.
- Obtain insurance information from all parties involved
- Wait for the police to arrive in order to fill out a report.
- Get ahold of your insurance adjuster.
- Contact a personal injury attorney for injuries or wrongful blame for the accident. Talk to the attorney and tell your side of the story and let them fight with the insurance companies while you focus on your recovery.