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Major pile-up in Staten Island injures 7

As the New York area -- and really all of the Northeast -- prepares for a serious snow storm, there was a recent car accident that was caused by wintry conditions. Apparently icy roads at a Staten Island intersection sparked a 15-vehicle pile-up that led to at least seven people suffering injuries that required hospitalization.

Few details are being released about the accident and the police are investigating the cause of the wreck, but it appears icy roads played a huge role in the pile-up crash. Thankfully, no one's life appears to be threatened by the injuries they suffered.

This wreck highlights a few things about car accidents. The first is that weather and road conditions can obviously play a huge role in the wreck. Even if they do though, that doesn't mean someone is off the hook for liability. Road conditions are only part of the problem. If the driver wasn't observing safe driving procedures given the road conditions, then he or she could still be held liable for the wreck.

In addition, a pile-up accident brings a lot of things to the table. Namely a huge number of insurance companies and insurance policies. These insurers may not always have your best interests in mind, so it is best to have an attorney by your side to make sure the insurers don't take advantage of you.

Ultimately, in any car accident, the victims of the wreck need to consult with a personal injury attorney to make sure that they are protected in case they, or another party, considers legal action.

Source: SIlive.com, "15-car accident at Clove Road and Richmond Road sends 7 people to the hospital Sunday morning," Ryan Lavis, Jan. 18, 2015

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