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Wind, dust combine to cause massive pile-up accident

A combination of dust and high winds wreaked havoc on a California highway recently, causing a massive pile-up accident that involved at least 15 cars. The crash occurred in Bakersfield, California after gusts of wind that ranged between 30 and 40 miles per hour kicked up a lot of dust and reduced visibility in the area. That led to at least 15 cars -- and possibly up to 20 vehicles -- being involved in a big crash.

Thankfully, it appears that no one was seriously injured in the crash. Five people needed to be taken to the hospital, but all of their injuries were described as minor in nature.

Police will investigate the scene, and this is standard procedure when a massive pile-up like this occurs. The investigation can yield a lot of helpful information -- but in this case, given that the cause of the accident will likely be the weather, it may not yield too much information. Still, the investigation, and the conclusion that officials come to, can be a vital aspect to legal action in the wake of a car accident.

One other lesson here is that multi-car accidents like this can be very complex for the parties involved in the wreck. They are dealing with the police; they are dealing with their car insurance provider; they are dealing with other insurance providers. A lot is going on, and it can be easy to become overwhelmed. In these situations, it can be very helpful to get in touch with a personal injury attorney.

Source: Weather Channel, "Blowing Dust, Low Visibility in California Causes Multi-Car Pile Up," Nov. 2, 2015

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