• May 06, 2022

Injuries Reported in Three-Vehicle Accident on Santa Clara Drive in Santa Clara, UT

Santa Clara, UT -- May 4, 2022, injuries were reported after a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer on Santa Clara Drive in Santa Clara.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 p.m. on Santa Clara Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests that a Ford Escape was traveling west on the roadway as a commercial semi-truck was hauling empty double trailers east in the same area. Reports say the Escape driver made a left-hand turn toward a nearby fruit stand and crossed into the path of the oncoming truck. The big rig hit the SUV, which spun it around and it hit a Chevrolet Impala before coming to rest.

The Ford driver reportedly received minor injuries in the collision, mostly from airbag deployment, and declined medical transport. The truck and Impala drivers were unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on Santa Clara Drive in Santa Clara

It's at least a relief to see that the injuries after this crash are said to be minor. Not everyone involved in a collision with a big rig can say the same. However, before anyone celebrates their good fortune too much I offer a word of caution: It's still important to take wrecks like this seriously. I have seen more than a few instances where injuries thought at first to be "minor" turned out to be anything but.

Injuries Reported in Three-Vehicle Accident on Santa Clara Drive in Santa Clara, UT

I handled an accident not too long ago, for example, where a driver reportedly had a sore back after a crash with an 18-wheeler. The hospital sent him home with instructions for bed rest and ibuprofen, but days later the pain was almost paralyzing. Further tests revealed that "minor" injury was actually a ruptured disk in his spine; it required surgery and extensive rehabilitation, all while the trucking company and its insurer tried their hardest not to admit fault or help with his recovery. We got him the help he needed and deserved, but altogether his experience proved far from "minor."

I'm not saying anything like that happened or will happen with respect to the Utah crash; moreover, news accounts suggest the bulk of the injuries came from airbag deployment and it doesn't really sound like the truck driver could have done anything differently (though verifying that with thorough investigation is in everyone's best interests). That said, getting our previous client the help he needed happened in part due to taking the crash seriously right way, even when things didn't seem so bad. "Better safe than sorry," as they say, and a commercial vehicle wreck is certainly no exception.

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