Antioch Car Accident Injures Three


Antioch Car Accident Injures Three

I’m Ed Smith, an Antioch car accident lawyer. Three people were recently injured in a car accident caused by a medical emergency.

What happened?

On 19 August, the driver of a silver sedan began experiencing some form of medical emergency. This caused the vehicle to strike another vehicle while traveling eastbound on Highway 4.

The silver sedan then continued onto the off-ramp and across Contra Loma Boulevard. Still not stopping, the vehicle proceeded to crash through a vacant lot hitting a utility box. Along the way, the car jumped a sidewalk and plowed through a chain link fence.

Was anyone injured?

The accident injured several people. In addition to the medical emergency, the driver of the silver sedan suffered serious leg trauma and facial injuries. A second adult passenger also suffered serious, but unspecified injuries.

Witnesses report that a possible third adult in the sedan also suffered serious injuries, but authorities have not confirmed this.

Sadly, as a result of this accident, a child within the sedan suffered traumatic injuries. A medical helicopter transported the child to the Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

All three injured individuals were assessed for spinal injuries. According to authorities, the three remain hospitalized with serious injuries. They did clarify that none of these are life-threatening.

No one in the vehicle struck by the silver sedan on Highway 4 suffered injuries.

About the Emergency Response

Three American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances and two medical helicopters responded to the accident. The Contra Costa County Fire Department also responded.

Firefighters had to use a variety of equipment to help extricate the child from the accident. This process took nearly half an hour.

Cause of the Accident

The Antioch Police Department’s preliminary investigation of the accident found that the driver likely suffered some form of medical emergency that incapacitated him. They do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

About Accidents Involving Medical Emergencies

Medical emergencies suffered by drivers occasionally cause car accidents. These drivers, though, may still be liable for damages in the accident unless several conditions are met.

In order for a car accident’s driver to be absolved of liability:

  1. The medical emergency must cause the driver to lose consciousness.
  2. The driver’s loss of consciousness must occur suddenly and without time to pull over.
  3. The underlying medical condition that caused the accident could be predicted.

If authorities find that any of these conditions were not met, the driver in this accident may still be liable for all injuries and financial damages suffered in the accident.

Highway 4 Car Accidents

Even without medical emergencies, car accidents are very common in the stretch of Highway 4 that runs through Antioch and Bay Point. Here are some other Antioch car accident lawyer articles about Highway 4 car accidents:

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I am Ed Smith and I am an Antioch car accident lawyer. For more than thirty years I have helped people hurt in car accidents in the Antioch area. If you or a loved one are involved in one of these accidents, please call me at (925) 428-5220 or toll free at (800) 404-5400.

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