A multi-vehicle wreck sent seven people to the hospital and closed down northbound traffic on a California interstate. Officials say the driver who caused the wreck failed to brake in time to avoid the collision, although no arrests have been made. However, criminal charges are not necessary for victims seeking compensation from injuries in motor vehicle accidents.
A 69-year-old woman behind the wheel of a passenger vehicle was traveling in the slow lane of traffic when the vehicles ahead of her began to reduce their speed. She apparently failed to apply her brakes and rear-ended a pickup truck, sparking a chain reaction. An 18-wheeler traveling behind the passenger car was unable to stop in time and clipped the back of the car. The tractor-trailer then went across several lanes of traffic and down a nearby embankment.
At least five other vehicles were involved in the accident. The driver who initially caused the wreck and the driver of the pickup suffered injuries, and emergency responders temporarily blocked southbound lanes as they treated and transported the injured. Northbound lanes remained blocked for hours, causing traffic to backup for several miles.
Injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents typically have severe and long-lasting consequences. Victims not only have to deal with the immediate pain and suffering, but this is normally further complicated by medical bills, lost wages from missed work and emotional trauma. For most, compensation achieved through successfully pursued personal injury claims can address these costs, allowing California victims to focus more fully on their recoveries.