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Traffic congestion sets off chain of accidents in Des Moines

It does not take much to cause a car accident. Whether a driver is distracted for a moment or makes a last-minute and dangerous decision behind the wheel, the fact is that many car crashes happen in the blink of an eye. However, the physical and mental effects of a car accident can linger on for victims long after the roads are cleared and evidence of the crash has been cleaned up.

Even when injuries are not obvious after an accident, there can still be some serious pain and suffering that victims of an accident suffer. In many cases, these types of injuries happen when people are involved in a rear-end collision. Recently, an accident on I-80 just west of Des Moines highlights just how easy it can be for these types of crashes to occur.

It was nearing the end of rush hour on the interstate in an area of road construction when a chain of accidents ended up injuring multiple people. According to reports, the road was congested and a driver failed to adjust to the slowing of traffic in a timely manner. The motorist rear-ended one vehicle, and two other vehicles were unable to avoid the initial crash. Three people were injured in the chain reaction and had to seek medical treatment. 

Luckily, none of the injuries were categorized as life-threatening. But it is important to remember that this does not mean that victims were not seriously injured. From back and neck pain to emotional trauma, the true toll that an accident takes on a person is not always as easy to spot as other types of injuries, especially after a rear-end collision. This is why it can be crucial for victims of a car accident in Iowa to seek medical attention after a crash and consider working with an attorney to pursue compensation. The cost of treating ongoing and chronic injuries can be substantial and victims should not have to shoulder this burden alone.

Source: Des Moines Register, "Accident slows I-35/80 traffic for an hour," Katherine Klingseis, July 12, 2013

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