auto accident

Photo courtesy of the Washington State Patrol

Hit and Runner Auto Accident

A driver who caused a massive five-vehicle crash by plowing through traffic fled the scene early Sunday morning. The crash occurred about 5:15 am at the King-Pierce county line, along Interstate 5.  The vehicle was heading south when it hit the rear-end of a pickup truck, causing the truck to lose control. The pickup then hit the jersey barrier and careened into the northbound lanes.

Three cars in the northbound lane were hit. The Washington State Patrol says the driver then took off, leaving the scene of the accident. It took hours to clear the scene and reopen traffic. Troopers reiterated that seat belts save lives—with a head laceration being the only noted injury.

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Multiple Cars Auto Accident, Multiple Personal Injuries

The number of vehicles involved determines the type of impact and collision in a multi-vehicle crash.  One car may crash into the rear-end of a vehicle, while some cars make head-on impact with the side. These type of collisions, often referred to as a” T-bone” or “broadside collision,” is where the center of the vehicle takes the impact of another vehicle’s force and weight.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, side-impacts are the deadliest of collisions for children, but are extremely dangerous for adults as well. There are numerous reasons children are more susceptible to harm in these kind of wrecks, but fatalities rates have actually improved in side-impact collisions with more safety-conscious designs in newer vehicles. Side airbags and curtains help serve as a buffer between the force of another vehicle and the resistance against the vehicle. Steel bars fitted into door frames help form a protective cage around the vehicle’s occupants.

A Body of Possible Personal Injuries

Not every vehicle can withstand speed and force in an auto accident. The human body absorbs energy and extreme force in different ways as well. This causes differing injuries among drivers and passengers–even making some damages and injuries unsustainable. Often, surviving a brutal crash comes down to luck. How was the vehicle hit? How fast were the vehicles going? Where did it make initial contact? Were safety restraints being used at the time of impact? And so on.

Brain Injuries

Motor vehicle crashes are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. A hit or penetration to the head that affects the normal function of the brain is defined as a TBI (traumatic brain injury). In car accidents, actual head impact may not occur, but the force of the impact may cause the head to snap back or thrust within an individual in such a way that the brain collides with the internal bone of the skull. Common injuries, like Whiplash, are well-known and occur quite often. But brain injuries are very serious and can vary from mild to severe, causing impaired thinking, diminished sensation, language or speech changes, and emotional instability. 

A disruption in the function of even one aspect of our internal organs cause lead to life-threatening problems in trauma patients. Physicians may not be able to readily diagnose some conditions and injuries due to the complexity of all the working parts. Pain associated with a car accident will often include difficulty breathing, tightened and sore muscles, unseen micro-tears or lesions, and broken bones. Ignoring even minor complaints and not seeking medical attention after an auto accident could result in serious complications, like blood clots or TBI, that may result in days, months, or even years of pain and suffering.

Internal damages sometimes do not cause pain until after the body relaxes. They may not even manifest until days or weeks after the crash. Hidden injuries can result in death without adequate care and treatment–and should never be ignored, regardless of the time of on-set.

Chest Trauma

Motor vehicle accidents are the most significant cause of chest trauma—accounting for 70-80% of such injuries annually.  Such trauma is responsible for 100,000 deaths in our country every year.

Blunt injury to the chest can affect many parts of the body and vital functions. Vessels leading into the lungs and heart are not all protected inside the rib cage. Lacerations to organs and vessels are not always visible to the eye. Physiologically, we are more vulnerable than we realize. Especially when it comes to our delicate bodies and its internal organs.

Even if you think you are fine after an auto accident, pay attention to how your body feels in the days/weeks afterward. Serious injuries that are not diagnosed can be devastating for more than just the crash victims.

Our Auto Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

Some auto accidents are impossible to avoid, cause you to seek medical attention after a car wreck. Consult with a personal injury attorney to determine your legal rights after an auto accident. Our experienced Fielding Law Group lawyers will take care of the paperwork hassle and insurance games while you recover. We make sure you get the compensation you’re entitled to for injuries caused by an at-fault driver. Remember–Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!