Two Hospitalized After Napa Car Crash
On Friday, January 17, 2020, two people were hospitalized after being injured in a Napa car crash. California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated that the collision involved two vehicles and happened in a rural area a few miles north of Napa City. While specific details about the injuries suffered during the crash were unavailable, medical officials indicated that none of the injuries were life-threatening.
CHP reported that the collision happened at around 12:00 p.m. on Silverado Trail just north of the Skellenger Lane intersection in northern Napa County. The events leading up to the accident have not been reported, but officers stated that a Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cobalt collided head-on. Two people were reportedly transported to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center for treatment.
Police closed off Silverado Trail to traffic at the accident location for a period of two hours while response and preliminary investigation were underway. While police have not stated what they suspect caused the accident, crashes like this one are commonly caused by factors that drivers cannot control, including faulty car parts and/or dangerous roads.
In a head-on car accident, both vehicles transfer their full momentum into the impact. While vehicles are typically designed to sustain front-end impacts, these collisions are still very dangerous. In 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that frontal accidents over 50 miles per hour had a fatality rate of 58 percent.
Out of 8,699 traumatic accidents that took place in Napa during 2007-2018, 565 were head-on collisions. These head-on accidents were much more dangerous than crashes in general. Fatal and severe injuries were both around twice as likely to occur during head-on crashes across Napa County. Additionally, the leading causes of head-on Napa accidents were driving on the wrong side of the road, right-of-way violations, speeding, and DUI.
The injuries that crash survivors suffer can change their lives. Often, these injuries require extensive medical care and recovery can be a long and difficult process. For many, being injured also means that they can no longer participate in activities they enjoy. Others are left unable to work or even move comfortably around their home. These issues aren’t only difficult, but they are also expensive. Many people who’ve been injured in accidents worry about how they will be able to regain their health when they don’t know how they can afford the care they need.
While accident damages can be very concerning, many people can get help by claiming personal injury compensation. By working with an attorney and filing a personal injury claim against negligent parties and/or their insurance companies, crash survivors are able to obtain the money they need to provide them with security during their recovery.
If you think that you may have a viable injury claim, it’s always best to take a moment to reach out to a Napa personal injury lawyer for advice. Injury attorneys are usually happy to offer free advice so that you can move forward with claiming the compensation you deserve.
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