It is alarming how often one vehicle collision can contribute to another. Early last Saturday morning, one car allegedly fled the scene after rear-ending another near the Harding Street exit on Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, Indiana. While the car remained stopped along the interstate, and the driver was on the phone with a 911 operator, a motorcycle crashed into the rear of the vehicle.

Upon arriving to the scene, authorities made efforts to resuscitate the 27-year-old female motorcyclist, who was neither breathing nor conscious. Unfortunately, their life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, and they pronounced her dead shortly thereafter. It is not clear what caused the motorcyclist to crash into the stopped car.

Little information is available about the driver of the car that the motorcycle crashed into. There is no report of the driver sustaining any injury in either collision. The rear of the vehicle reportedly sustained damage in the original collision, but it is unknown whether the second resulted in additional damage or made the initial damage worse.

The two accidents required law enforcement to close a section of I-70 for about three hours. Authorities continue to search for the other driver involved in the first collision. They report that the vehicle likely has heavy front-end damage but can provide few specifics beyond that.

Given that vehicles sometimes remain either on the road or just to the side following a collision, and that occupants may exit the car to assess and document the damage, it is perhaps understandable that multiple crashes involving multiple vehicles can occur in short succession. However, that does not make the event any less devastating, especially when a motorcycle is involved. Those injured in a motorcycle accident may find it useful to call an attorney.