Chain Reaction Crash Ends In Deadly Fireball
Emergency responders rushed to the scene of an accident which involved a car that was fully engulfed in flames, but they were unable to save the driver.
According to investigators, a 45-year-old woman’s car was disabled or stopped on Highway 101 near Alum Rock Avenue. A Dodge Pickup rammed her from behind. The force of that collision propelled her car into a fourth vehicle.
Emergency responders arrived quickly, but they could not free the driver from the flaming wreckage.
Car Crash Injuries
Serious burns are arguably the most severe kinds of car crash injuries. These victims normally sustain third or fourth-degree burns. Third-degree burns roast inner skin layers, and fourth-degree burns affect bones. As a result, these injuries require extensive, and expensive, treatment at specialty burn centers. These treatments usually involve skin grafts.
Burns are especially common in large truck accidents. These vehicles often rumble through Santa Clara County after they pick up cargo at the Port of San Francisco. A fully-loaded large truck weighs over 80,000 pounds and carries hundreds of gallons of volatile diesel fuel.
These injuries are by no means the only vehicle collision injuries. Every year, car crashes kill or seriously injure millions of Americans. Some common wounds include:
- Head Injuries: Trauma head injuries are not the only issue in car wrecks. In fact, the sudden, violent motion of a vehicle collision may cause more head injuries than trauma impacts. This motion causes the brain to repeatedly slam against the insides of the skull. These impacts usually cause permanent injuries.
- Exsanguination: Normally, excessive blood loss is the official cause of death in car wreck fatalities. External and internal injuries are responsible. Car wrecks create lots of glass, metal, and other shrapnel. The aforementioned motion usually causes internal injuries. When internal organs slam against each other, they usually bleed profusely.
- Broken Bones: Accidental fall borne bones are often not very serious. Car crash broken bones are another story. The massive force in a collision usually shatters bones. It does not simply break them. So, doctors must use metal rods and pins to set these bones. As a result, some permanent loss of function is almost inevitable.
Injuries like these usually generate tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills. Most health insurance companies refuse to pay these expenses, and most families cannot possibly pay them out of pocket.
To ensure that these victims get the treatment they need, a personal injury attorney usually sends a letter of protection to medical providers. Since this letter guarantees payment when the case is resolved, most providers charge nothing upfront for their services. An attorney uses much the same approach to address other pressing needs, like vehicle replacement.
Fiery crashes usually cause serious injuries. Fires also destroy critical evidence, mostly the physical evidence in the vehicle itself. Fortunately, enough evidence is still available to support a claim for maximum compensation.
Medical bills and witness statements are very important in these cases. Medical bills usually do not just detail clinical data, like diagnosis and cost information. Many medical bills also include treatment notes which indicate the victim’s pain level. As for witness statements, even if a witness only saw part of the crash, the testimony could be significant. Something almost mystical happens when regular people take the stand and tell the jury what they saw and heard.
The low burden of proof sometimes comes into play as well. Victim/plaintiffs must only prove negligence, or a lack of care, by a preponderance of the evidence, or more likely than not. So, a little proof goes a long way.
Damages in a vehicle collision claim usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Contact a Dedicated Attorney
Whether or not a fire is involved, vehicle collisions usually cause serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced San Jose car accident attorney, contact Solution Now Law Firm. You have a limited amount of time to act.