When traffic slows down, it's important for drivers behind those stopping to pay attention. If you don't notice the traffic ahead slowing, you could easily become involved in an accident. If you are, it should always be the responsibility of the at-fault party to cover your financial needs for medical costs and other losses.
Two people were injured and one man was killed in a three-car crash that took place in Colorado in just this scenario. The crash happened while traffic was backed up on I-76. According to the story, one 56-year-old man was killed in the accident. The driver of his vehicle had stopped for slowing traffic. A vehicle coming from behind failed to yield, resulting in a rear-end collision.
Traffic had been stopped for a fly ash spill. The spill caused dust to rise into the air, making it hard to see to drive through the area. As the spill was being cleaned up, traffic essentially came to a complete stop due to the roadway being blocked ahead. Several vehicles stopped and drivers prepared to wait. That's when a 21-year-old woman's vehicle was struck from behind. A Dodge Ram driven by a 56-year-old man hit her vehicle from behind, which forced her vehicle into a 35-year-old woman's vehicle.
The 21-year-old woman's passengers were badly hurt. A 50-year-old woman, 18-year-old man and 56-year-old man were rushed to the hospital. The 56-year-old man passed away. It's been reported that two dogs in their vehicle also passed away due to the impact. The driver of the other vehicle, the 35-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries, and a small child who was a passenger was uninjured. The man who caused the accident was not injured.
Source: Journal-Advocate, "Littleton man killed, two people badly hurt in 3-car crash Friday," July 03, 2017