One person has been hospitalized in critical condition following a 3-vehicle crash on Monday, January 31, in San Antonio, TX. The crash occurred around 5 a.m. just south of Southwest Military Drive.
The 3-Vehicle Crash
On Monday, January 31, around 5 a.m., a 3-vehicle crash occurred on New Laredo Highway and Pitluk Avenue, just south of Southwest Military Drive. According to police, a Dodge Ram truck was traveling southbound on New Laredo Highway. The Dodge Ram sideswiped a Subaru hatchback that was traveling northbound at the same time.
This led to the Dodge Ram traveling into the northbound lane where it crashed into a big rig. The big rig did not have a trailer attached at the time of the crash.
The male driver of the Dodge Ram truck was pinned inside his truck after the crash and had to be extracted by the San Antonio Fire Department. He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
According to police, the driver of the semi-truck suffered minor injuries while the passengers in the Subaru hatchback were not injured at all. Although the investigation is still ongoing, the weather is not believed to have been a factor in this crash.
What Are Common Injuries Faced After a Pin-in Accident?
When the victim of a car accident gets pinned inside their vehicle, it’s usually due to a severe and forceful impact. Many times, these accidents are caused by distracted driving and extreme speeds when hitting another vehicle.
These types of accidents often require the assistance of firefighters and paramedics along with various tools to be extracted. In a pin-in accident, the injuries faced can be severe, including:
- Broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations, and abrasions
- Facial injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Injuries to the arms and legs that often require amputation
- Severe head trauma resulting in a brain injury
- Spinal cord damage that could lead to paralysis
Unfortunately, these injuries often require long-term care with many follow-ups to the doctor and physical therapy. Victims who suffer from these injuries may face large medical bills and miss out on months of work.
With that being said, pin-in accidents can often be avoided as long as drivers stay alert on the road, stay in their lane, and follow the speed limit. Doing so can prevent your vehicle from spinning out and striking another.
The next time you head out on the road, make an effort to put distractions away and drive the posted speed limit—you may end up saving a life.
Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your legal claim.