Head Injury Reported in Two-Vehicle Crash in Arden-Arcade

Accident on SR 51 Sends Two People to a Hospital

One person reported a head injury in an accident that occurred on December 14 in Sacramento. The accident happened in the Arden-Arcade area around 6:00 p.m. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that it occurred along State Route 51 southbound just north of the eastbound Arden Way on-ramp between a Kia Forte and dark-colored sedan. 

Evening Rush Hour Traffic Affected by Two-Vehicle Crash

The Forte ended up facing the wrong way in the center divider while the dark sedan blocked the number two-lane. The individual who reported the collision advised that they had struck their head. Two people were transported by emergency responders to a hospital, one to UC Davis Medical Center and the other to Sutter Medical Center. The CHP is conducting an investigation to determine what caused the crash and to assign fault.

Dangers of a Head Injury in a Car Accident

Complications from a head or traumatic brain injury suffered in a car accident can either be short-term or long-term. Even with a mild injury to the brain, the following symptoms may occur, according to Mayo Clinic, as well as others:

  • Short-term loss of consciousness
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Sound or light sensitivity
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sensory problems such as ringing ears or affected sense of smell
  • Concentration and memory problems

Following a head injury in a car accident, it is important for the injured party to seek medical attention. This can be either from your family physician or by making a trip to the emergency room. The medical care at that time can establish a baseline so that if symptoms arise later, as they often do, the trauma will already be recorded. In addition, if serious symptoms arise later, it can be difficult to place a claim for compensation without that record.

Complications Following a Traffic Accident

Because of the adrenaline rush in humans who are involved in a traffic collision, serious symptoms may be delayed by hours, weeks, or even several months. Symptoms such as worsening headaches, dizziness, and others may mean a more serious condition, such as concussion, hemorrhage, or a skull fracture. Although a TBI can be difficult enough to treat and require long-term care, other complications can arise, such as:

  • Seizures can develop in some people who have experienced a TBI, even years after the injury.
  • Infections are a real danger, which can occur if the head injury involves penetration or a skull fracture. 
  • Headaches can increase in number and severity and last for several months.
  • Vertigo is a complication that occurs in some people who have suffered a TBI. It can cause persistent dizziness, which affects a person’s ability to walk, drive or work.
  • Damage to blood vessels caused by a TBI can occur, leading to a blood clot on the brain or stroke.
  • Fluid buildup inside the skull occurs in some people who have suffered a TBI. This can cause the pressure inside the skull to increase and brain swelling, which is a dangerous condition.

Over the years, my legal team and I have successfully obtained fair compensation for those who have suffered head/brain trauma in an accident caused by a negligent driver or other entity. Compensation includes all medical costs, including those that occur in the future if the injury is ongoing or permanent, lost wages, and to recover damages for their pain and suffering. 

Car Accident Attorneys in Sacramento

I am Ed Smith, a car accident attorney in Sacramento. When a negligent driver causes your injury, you might be able to claim compensation. Get in touch with us for our free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400. You can also contact us at (800) 404-5400 or by using the online message form.

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