5 Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Santa Barbara Hwy 154


5 Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on Santa Barbara Hwy 154

I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Barbara personal injury attorney. On Wednesday, April 19, three vehicles were involved in a highway collision outside of Santa Barbara, causing injuries to five people. Although details on the accident are somewhat scant at this point, the California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation as to the cause of the crash. The road was closed while the wrecked vehicles were cleared from the scene and for the investigation.

What Happened?

According to a representative of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the accident happened near the area called Windy Gap on Highway 154 and involved a head-on crash between two of the three vehicles at about 3:30 in the afternoon. Three of the individuals in the crash were taken to a Santa Barbara hospital with injuries described as moderate. The other two injured persons suffered injuries described as minor, and both refused transport to a hospital for treatment.

Santa Barbara County Accident Statistics

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 2,510 injuries and fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents in Santa Barbara County in 2014. Of that number, 355 attributed alcohol as a possible factor in the crashes, and speed was a factor in 546. Driving late at night, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:59 a.m. was a factor in 223 of the accidents.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Depending on how hard the impact of a crash and other factors, almost any part of an individual’s body can suffer an injury. Some of the most common types of injuries are neck injuries, head and brain injuries, a limb amputation, back injuries from chronic back pain to spinal cord injuries and internal injuries. Car accidents may also result in psychological injuries, from nightmares, anxiety and depression to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, making it difficult for these people to get on with their lives.

The one thing these injuries have in common is that when they were caused by negligence on the part of another individual or entity, the victim can get overwhelmed with high medical bills, loss of income and other expenses that can make the situation even worse. This is when an experienced personal injury attorney can help by safeguarding your rights and securing compensation for you, so at least the financial end of this tragedy is over.

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Attorney Ed Smith

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