Car accidents can happen in an instant, unexpectedly. Often victims of car accidents can suffer severe injuries or even be killed in the event of a crash. On Friday last week, a Japanese Olympian got into a car accident in California.
The professional snowboarder had been driving in an SUV when the vehicle flipped over that evening. Investigators believe that the vehicle flipped several times before coming to a stop, seriously damaging most of the vehicle. Responders initially believed that the driver did not survive. But somehow the snowboarder walked away from the wreck with minor injuries.
There are a number of ways that car accidents can occur. The driver could be distracted behind the wheel, an animal could jump out in front of the vehicle, or the road conditions could be dangerous. California Highway Patrol who is investigating the crash has proposed the theory that the crash occurred because the snowboarder fell asleep behind the wheel.
However, the snowboarder adamantly maintains that he in fact did not fall asleep behind the wheel. According to the article, he has not been able to recall what happened and why the accident happened. But he has been able to look at photos of the crash and is amazed that he survived.
Had there been other passengers or another vehicle involved, the victims of the car accident could obtain monetary compensation from the driver who caused the accident. Car crash victims are often faced with unexpected financial costs related to medical treatment and therapy. If a car accident is caused by someone else's negligence, that negligent individual should be held responsible.
At this point, there is no information as to how this particular crash occurred. CHP will likely continue its investigation into the matter.
Source: ESPN Action Sports online, "Kazuhiro Kokubo survives car wreck," Collin Whyte, 25 May 2011
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