Folsom Multivehicle Accident on Scott Road
On March 2, a Folsom multivehicle accident occurred along Scott Road about one mile north of Boys Ranch Road at about 10:15 a.m. It was in the vicinity of where Scott intersects White Rock Road. Although early reports were sketchy, it appears that a Toyota and an unknown sedan collided as did a BMW and an Enterprise truck. Both lanes were blocked, and a traffic advisory was issued for that portion of Scott Road, alerting motorists to the possibility of long delays in the area and closures lasting for at least three hours. Ambulances were called to the scene to deal with injuries suffered in the Folsom multivehicle accident. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating the accident.
Tow Trucks Called to the Scene
The box truck’s front axles were broken. Initially, a tow truck arrived at the scene but was too light to remove the medium duty/15-foot, 2-axle fully-loaded box Enterprise truck. Attempts were made to offload some of the truck’s cargo to lighten its weight. Several other wreckers were called to the scene to remove the truck and other vehicles involved in the Folsom multivehicle accident.
Multiple Vehicle Crash Dangers
Approximately six million car accidents happen annually. Of these, 33 percent involve collisions between multiple vehicles. Overall, the number of fatal incidents in multiple-vehicle crashes are rising each year. While safety devices are cutting down the number of serious injuries, it does not work that way when multiple vehicles are involved. Airbags are made to deploy when a vehicle is impacted. In multiple-vehicle crashes, the same motor vehicle can be struck many times. Apart from the initial impact, airbags or other devices are already spent and no longer effective.
Reasons a Folsom Multivehicle Accident Occurs
Some of the reasons for multiple-vehicle crashes include:
- Drowsy driving: Drowsy driving is one of the major reasons accidents happen today. It is particularly dangerous when a driver falls asleep at the wheel and drifts into an adjacent lane striking another vehicle. This can cause a chain reaction with multiple cars involved.
- Inclement weather: Bad weather or slick roads is often a precursor to a Folsom multivehicle accident. It is important that drivers slow down in bad weather, giving them greater control over their vehicles.
- Impaired driving: Using alcohol, drugs or some prescription medications can affect a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. They can impair judgment, slow reaction time and make it harder to judge distance. This leads to over 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.
- Speeding: Speeding can mean exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions. In either case, it will have a deleterious effect on the ability to stop in time to avoid a Folsom multivehicle accident.
- Distracted driving: Taking one’s focus off the road for even the few seconds it takes to write or read a text can cause an accident. Today, distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic accidents and deaths.
Injuries in a Folsom Multivehicle Accident
There are common serious injuries that result from a multiple-vehicle accident:
- Abdominal trauma: This occurs more often in a multiple-vehicle accident since the airbags and seat belts are unable to supply sufficient support. Without working safety features, trauma to the abdomen can result. One major effect of abdominal trauma is bleeding into the body cavity, which can result in death.
- Chest trauma: Due to the lack of functioning safety devices after the initial impact in a multiple vehicle crash, the chest can be impacted. This can cause a cardiac contusion or damage to the lungs. Both are considered serious threats to life.
- Amputations: This injury can lead to lifelong disability and have a significant effect on the person’s emotional and psychological well-being.
- Spinal cord damage: This occurs in multiple-vehicle crashes, particularly with side collisions. Spinal cord damage can result in total or partial paralysis.
- Traumatic head injury: Injury to the head can result in a concussion or more serious forms of damage to the brain such as diffuse axonal injury. The latter has a high incidence of fatalities associated with it.
What a Car Accident Lawyer Can Do for You
A car accident lawyer can help an individual injured in a multiple-vehicle accident by investigating the crash site. Determining fault in multivehicle crashes is challenging. Accident reconstructionists can often help determine the way the crash happened with great precision. Once the investigation is complete, the attorney can help negotiate fair compensation. If the insurer or defendant refuses to proceed with payment of damages, the attorney can take the case to court.
Folsom Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Folsom car accident lawyer. If you or your loved one is injured in a multivehicle accident, you need the insight an experienced lawyer can provide. Call me at (916) 921-6400 and on my toll-free line (800) 404-5400 outside of the area for free and friendly advice. If it is easier, contact me online at my web page AutoAccident.com.
I’ve been awarded membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an organization that recognizes those attorneys who provide legal excellence to their clients. In addition, I am a long-time member of the Million Dollar Advocates, a group of lawyers who have won over $1 million for a client.
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