Pick-up Driver Trapped in Overturned Vehicle After Head-On Crash
A head-on collision occurred on northbound Grant Line Road just north of Calvine Road near Elk Grove on June 26 at 5:18 in the evening. The head-on collision involved a black pickup truck and a minivan. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the pickup driver was driving recklessly before the accident, and the vehicle overturned during the crash. At first, the driver was trapped in the pickup, but the male motor vehicle operator was extricated by emergency personnel. The minivan had major front end damage after the head-on collision. Both vehicles needed to be towed from the accident scene. At the time of this report, only minor injuries have been reported. The investigation by the CHP is currently ongoing.
Minor Injuries and a Head-On Collision
While minor injuries may be reported at the accident scene, it is important to receive medical follow-up care. Not all injuries are immediately apparent, including those to the head and neck. Some head injuries, such as a subdural hematoma, do not immediately show physical signs and symptoms. In head injuries of this nature, it takes time for blood to pool on the surface of the brain and apply pressure. It is this pressure that causes the symptoms.
Likewise, an injury to the cervical spine (neck) may at first be symptom-free. With time, signs of a cervical sprain and strain, commonly called whiplash, appear. These include headache, neck and mid-back (thoracic) discomfort and difficulty turning the head. While most people with whiplash see their symptoms resolve within a 30-60 day period, others may experience problems for 12 or more months. This can interfere with daily life and work-related functions.
In both cases, it is obvious that a thorough physical examination by a medical professional is needed. Not only will this exam document the physical injury caused by the accident but it will help by getting the treatment that is needed. Financially, documentation and treatment are important since if the case is settled prior to completion of medical issues, no further treatment will be compensated. That means that any needed treatment for injuries caused by the accident will not be paid for, and the injured person will be responsible for the cost. At our firm, we believe no one should be liable for the negligence of another person.
Head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous types of auto accidents. This is because the impact is comprised of the speed of both vehicles. They often result in fatal or catastrophic injuries, spinal trauma, paralysis and traumatic brain injury. The number of head-on collisions in the United States accounts for only 2 percent of all accidents. However, they account for 10 percent of all fatalities. Most head-on accidents are caused by driver error, excessive speed and other types of reckless behavior.
Investigating a Head-On Collision
Head-on collisions that end in death or serious injuries require the help of a law firm experienced in such accidents and one that can provide extensive investigation. In addition to this, the law firm needs to have the resources to see the case to its conclusion. Our investigators are sent to the scene of the crash as soon as possible before evidence is lost during cleanup or hidden. Some of the tasks they perform are listed below:
Our investigators scour the scene for evidence that shows liability for the crash.
- They speak to witnesses who saw the accident and obtain their perspective.
- They examine the design of the road to see if failure to provide safety features when the road was constructed caused the head-on collision.
- If the accident happened at an intersection or if another source of video footage of the crash was obtained, our investigators add it to their evidence.
- They review police and rescue unit reports for mistakes or additional information.
- Our investigators use accident reconstruction techniques to demonstrate the placement of the vehicles before, during and after the crash.
Once all evidence is gathered, our lawyers use it to build a strong case for our client.
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