When it comes to auto accidents and the injuries they cause, looks can often be deceiving. It’s not uncommon for first responders to think that the people who are involved in crashes are uninjured or slightly hurt, when in reality these victims are suffering from hidden injuries or even experience symptoms which present some time after the collision took place.
A three-vehicle Springfield auto accident earlier this week is a prime example. On Tuesday afternoon shortly before 3:30pm, a van, a pickup truck, and a school bus were involved in a collision at the intersection of Laurel and Spring Streets about a half mile west of South 5th Street. Emergency personnel spent about 20 minutes extricating the driver of the pickup from his vehicle, but the man was reportedly conscious, communicating, and not visibly injured.
Now keep in mind, this is a story in a newspaper which was sourced by a battalion chief of the Springfield Fire Department. While this individual is certainly knowledgeable about motor vehicle collisions and injuries, the assessment given to the paper was simply based on the battalion chief’s observations at the crash scene. It’s quite possible that this person wouldn’t know if the victim had injuries to his head, back, neck, or even internal organs – especially if the symptoms didn’t become apparent until hours after the accident.
Here’s the main point: even if these injuries weren’t noticed by first responders, the victim still has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against whomever caused the Springfield auto accident. Though the article doesn’t describe how the crash occurred, it’s very possible that the van initiated the crash; because while the school bus had only minor rear end damage, the van suffered front end damage and the pickup was on its side when the fire department arrived on the scene.