Sacramento Chain Reaction Accident
Sacramento Chain Reaction Accident – A multiple-vehicle chain reaction accident happened on State Route 51 southbound just north of the Fulton Avenue off-ramp as later commuters were heading to work around 9:20 a.m. Injuries were reported and the Sacramento Fire Department responded as well as police. Seven vehicles were involved in the accident. The only car that was identified by name was a Saab 9-7x.
Details of the Sacramento Chain Reaction Accident
One of the individuals involved in the accident was unable to exit the vehicle, and help was needed to extricate that person. Although injuries were reported, it is unknown how many people suffered harm or the extent of the trauma. Some of the vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Authorities with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be investigating the crash to determine the reason it happened and to assign fault.
How a Chain Reaction Accident Happens
A chain reaction collision happens when one vehicle suddenly stops, and at least three other cars or trucks behind it crash into each other. Blame may be assigned to multiple vehicles since the cars were unable to stop in time to avoid a crash. In addition, when multiple vehicles are involved, it can take longer for medical aid to arrive, and severe injuries can occur due to numerous impacts. Following are some of the ways a driver can avoid being involved in a chain reaction accident:
- Always keep an eye on the road ahead. Watching for brake lights that come on or the sign that other vehicles are slowing can help a driver avoid getting into a crash.
- Maintain a three-second distance behind the vehicle in front of you. This is easy to measure. Just mark a stationary object the vehicle in front of you is passing. This can be a sign, a mileage marker or building. Then just count to three. If your own vehicle reaches that spot before you’ve counted to three, you’re too close.
- Watch for traffic going above the speed limit. High-density traffic combined with speed is a dangerous combination. Try to stay on the right side where traffic is moving more slowly.
- Use extra caution in bad weather. Rain, snow, sleet, and fog all make the roads slippery and can contribute to hydroplaning, which can lead to a chain reaction accident.
Types of Injuries in a Chain Reaction Accident
- Cervical sprain or strain – Cervical damage or whiplash is common in collisions where a vehicle is hit from the rear. Although many of these types of injuries heal in a short time, others can hang on and cause neck and upper back pain as well as headaches.
- Traumatic brain injury – TBIs happen when an individual’s head strikes against the inside of a vehicle, perhaps on the windshield or against the side windows. These types of injuries can cause profound damage, including a brain hemorrhage, coma or death. In some cases, it can leave the injured person the need to be taken care of for the rest of his or her life.
- Broken bones – Arms and legs are commonly broken in a chain reaction accident, including a break referred to as dashboard knee. This is where the knees strike against the dash.
- Back and spinal damage – Injuries to the spine and back can cause serious pain for an extended period of time or permanently. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary for improvement. When the spinal cord itself is involved, an individual may experience partial or complete paralysis.
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