Driver Injured in 3-Car Crash on I-70 in St. Louis, MO
Posted on September 27th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
Three cars were involved in an accident on Interstate 70 near Lucas and Hunt Road just after 9:00 a.m. The auto accident caused multiple lane closures for several hours.
Apparently, one driver, a tow truck driver was seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital. According to reports, a driver of a Jeep was traveling down an on-ramp and spun out at the bottom. Authorities are initially blaming wet roads for the spin out . When the Jeep spun out, a flatbed tow truck struck the Jeep on the side. A third vehicle’s involvement in the crash was considered to be minor.
Life threatening injuries are easy to see. I wish the tow truck driver a speedy recovery. When vehicles collide, it is easier than you think to sustain a serious injury. Some injuries that are not obvious on the scene but that should be monitored for symptoms include any back or neck strain. If you have back or neck pain, you should seek medical attention for those pains so that doctors can do some diagnostic testing.
The most serious and unobvious injury is a traumatic closed head injury. A hard bump to one’s head can result in a simply knot visually. However, you should see a doctor right away and not always just attribute your pain and discomfort to soreness. Traumatic brain injuries can become symptomatic in the 24-48 hours after the crash. If the head has been hit, internal injuries to the head can result in hematomas or bruises to the brain. Bruising and swelling of the brain can be extremely dangerous. If you or one of your loved ones has been hit in the head, it is important to take them to see a doctor immediately. If the victim cannot follow your finger movements with their eyes (dramatic, slow movements in an arc in front of them and changing directions) or if they have nausea, these are symptoms that a serious brain injury may have occurred. If a serious brain injury goes untreated, it can result in loss of some of the senses, cognitive function or worse, death.
I encourage anyone that has been in an auto accident to go ahead and be medically treated. After an auto accident and you see that you are not bleeding, you have a false sense of well-being. Just the relief that you can get out of the car unaided makes you think you are “just fine”. Also, the adrenaline rush after such a crash may mask injuries or pain.
If in the days that follow, you develop any pain…..anywhere, it is best to consult a physician. Do not sign any offers or settlements with your insurance company of the other party’s insurance company until you know that you have fully recovered. At minimum, I recommend that each person wait 60 days before agreeing to any insurance settlement, if they are not hurt. If you are injured, then you first have to figure out the extent of your injures. Often, in 60 days, you will not know the extent of the medical care you will need in the future whether it is going to be physical therapy, surgery or rehabilitation. Often, I have clients that started with some pain and stiffness after the crash. They assumed it was from just being jostled around. Then in the weeks following the crash, they developed more pain in a particular area of their body , lost some flexibility or started having tingling in their extremities. Often, then they discover that they really injured a disc or vertebrae in their neck and back. These symptoms are often ignored in the following 2-3 days after a crash, but develop into a major life-changing injury.
At The Cagle Law Firm, we represent victims with serious injuries. If you are wondering what a “serious injury” is, then it is pretty simple. If it is an injury that is causing you to go to multiple doctors, involves physical therapy, or possibly surgery, then you have an injury that impacts your life. Whether it is time away from work or mounting medical bills, you need legal representation to help you.
I talk with a number of new people every day or are not sure if they need a lawyer….about half of them do not. What is important is that they call and get the information needed to make good decisions. It is helpful to talk with an attorney who will give you advice as most people do not negotiate with insurance companies all of the time. While you might like your insurance agent or adjuster, ultimately—they do not work for you. They work for your insurance company. Of course, it is better to get an unbiased opinion from a personal injury lawyer.
Consultations are always free at our firm and information can give you peace of mind or help you think of items you may not have thought of before. Even if you do not contact our firm, contact a personal injury firm for the free consultation. Nothing is more tragic than when someone contacts me after they discover they are needing back surgery but they signed a release and settlement with an insurance company in the first month after the accident. Contacting an attorney doesn’t mean you are going to sue someone, it just means you are getting information to look out for yourself and your family.
Call Zane T. Cagle at The Cagle Law Firm at 1(800)685-3302
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