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Details often sketchy in car accidents involving multiple cars

Alabama investigators often face tremendous challenges trying to determine what the leading causal factors of a particular motor vehicle collision might have been. Especially in car accidents involving several vehicles, the exact cause, and whether any one motorist in particular was responsible, is not always immediately apparent. In fact, these types of investigations can take weeks or even months; then again, some questions may remain unanswered forever.

Four separate cars reportedly collided recently in Shelby County. The crash occurred just outside a local fire station. It was approximately 3 p.m. when the vehicles smashed into one another, creating a chaotic, stressful scene. Various law enforcement and safety/rescue departments responded to the scene.

Roadways in the surrounding area were blocked off so emergency vehicles could have complete open access to and from the accident site. Motorists in the area were advised to take an alternate route. Sadly, a 34-year-old man who was a passenger in one of the vehicles suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

One can only imagine the shock and sorrow that accompanies phone calls where family members learn of a loved one's sudden, unexpected death in a motor vehicle accident. Many families turn to third parties for help in determining whether anyone may have been negligent leading up to their family member's death. In fatal car accidents where the evidence suggests one or more parties bear responsibility, immediate family members may file wrongful death claims in an Alabama civil court in order to seek justice through recovery of their monetary losses.

Source:, "Emergency services rerouting traffic after fatal crash on Valleydale Road", Brandon Varner, Aug. 1, 2017

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