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Elk Grove Multiple-Vehicle Accident Causes Injuries

Injuries Occur in an Elk Grove Multiple-Vehicle Accident

On January 17, 2020, a multiple-vehicle accident occurred along southbound State Route 99 in Elk Grove that injured several people. The accident was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as occurring around 5:41 p.m. just north of the Bradshaw Road exit ramp. Vehicles involved included a Chrysler and Honda, as well as two other unidentified cars. It was reported that the front-end of one vehicle was damaged and another sustained damage to its rear-end. The number one and two lanes of the highway remained blocked as responders with the Sacramento Fire Department assessed injuries to those involved in the crash.

Reported Injuries in the Crash

At least two people were transported to medical care facilities for additional evaluation following the multiple-vehicle accident, including one person with neck pain and another with chest pain. The accident is under investigation by the CHP to discover how it occurred and to assign fault.

In the following video, personal injury lawyer Ed Smith discusses why you should contact a lawyer following an accident injury.

Multiple-Vehicle Accidents

Multiple-vehicle accidents are common on California highways, including those in Elk Grove. The reason for their frequency is the number of vehicles who use the highways every day. This includes not just passenger vehicles but also trucks hauling goods from one area to another. With the number of vehicles comes congestion that causes traffic flow to slow. These factors lead to accidents when drivers are not paying attention to the road. Once one vehicle hits another from behind, this can result in a chain of similar crashes, with some cars being pushed into adjacent lanes. Vehicles in the adjacent lanes are then involved in the accident. 

Injuries in a Multiple-Vehicle Accident

Some common injuries seen in multiple-vehicle accidents are:

  • Cervical strain and sprain, commonly called whiplash, results from many rear-end accidents. 
  • Head Injuries: In a multiple-vehicle collision, the impact can cause head injuries that may lead to permanent disability.
  • Abdominal and chest injuries: Impact with the steering wheel or dash can lead to both abdominal and chest trauma.
  • Fractures: The intensity of the impact can cause broken bones in different areas of the body. 

How an Attorney Can Help

An attorney can help ensure that someone injured in a multiple-vehicle accident receives the compensation they deserve. Crashes involving multiple vehicles are complex due to the number of cars involved, and it is a challenge to determine fault. The drivers involved will commonly lay blame on others in the accident. Our investigators are sent to the accident site to scour the area for evidence. This is not a simple task. Our investigators do this by using accident reconstruction techniques to show how the crash happened and obtaining videos from traffic cameras. Our investigative team also question witnesses and review police reports for errors since they are used extensively in both insurance company negotiations and in civil court. Once all the evidence is compiled, our investigators release it to our legal team, who used it to build a solid case for our client. 

Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove personal injury lawyer. Many highway or ramp accidents result in serious injuries. If you were injured by a negligent driver, call me for free and friendly advice at (916) 694-0002. Northern Californians outside the area code can reach me at (800) 404-5400. Others prefer to message me by using our online form.

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