Injury Reported in Fair Oaks Boulevard Intersection Crash
A two-vehicle crash in Carmichael occurred on April 15 that blocked one intersection and caused minor injuries. The collision happened at the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Sutter Avenue around 6:24 a.m. The accident report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said a person who reported the accident was in the process of making a left turn at the intersection when their Honda Accord was struck by a gray SUV.
Intersection Closed Off for an Hour While Accident Is Investigated
When paramedics with the Sacramento Fire Department arrived, they discovered the driver outside their vehicle walking around and were advised this individual was suffering back pain, which they determined to be a minor injury. All the traffic lanes at the intersection were blocked by the two-vehicle crash, but the site was cleared about an hour later. The CHP is investigating to determine fault in the accident.
Documenting Minor Injury Accidents
Often a minor injury turns into something much more serious, resulting in hospitalization and costly hospital bills, time off work, and pain and suffering. This is why you should visit your family physician or the emergency room following an accident. In addition, if you need to file for compensation in the future, you will now have proof that you have been in an accident.
Accident Injuries Can Be Delayed in Some Cases
Traffic accidents are often stressful situations that cause a surge of adrenaline in those involved in a two-vehicle crash. Symptoms from what appeared to be a minor accident are often delayed and worsen within days or weeks. Without documentation of your two-vehicle collision, it increases the difficulty of filing a claim to recover compensation later.
Delayed Symptoms Following a Seemingly Minor Injury Accident
Some delayed symptoms appearing after a seemingly minor accident include:
- Back pain: Back pain is a common consequence of an accident. Even though it may be slight initially, the pain worsens over time, making it difficult for the injured party to walk, move or work. Back pain that worsens can be caused by cervical strain, a herniated disk or another injury to the spinal cord. Pain and limited mobility can change the injured person’s ability to work and enjoy life as well as require long-term medical treatment.
- Neck pain: After a traffic accident, even a low-speed rear-end collision can cause cervical strain or sprain. The symptoms of this trauma often resolve in a few weeks, others may become chronic, causing blurred vision, numbness, pain, and headaches, as well as limiting movement.
- Headaches: Headaches commonly occur after a two-vehicle crash. Instead of going away, they may increase in frequency or severity, indicating there may be a problem. Worsening headaches can be caused by a concussion or other traumatic brain injury.
- Changes in memory or personality: These can be symptoms of a serious condition, as can depression and problems with eyesight or hearing. Undiagnosed brain injuries may cause these symptoms, for which medical attention is required.
- Abdominal trauma: It’s best to see an urgent care provider or go to the emergency room if you experience pain in the abdomen. It can be serious when the abdomen is swollen and painful because it may indicate internal bleeding or organ damage.
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities: Numbness or tingling in your extremities following a minor two-vehicle crash may be an indication of a sprained or strained cervical ligament, a pinched nerve, or other issues that require medical attention.
Carmichael Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Carmichael car accident lawyer. Minor injuries turn out to be serious following a traffic accident in some cases. When this happens, call our legal team for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. You can also reach us online.
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