North Carolina governor Pat McCrory traveled out to California to watch the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. After the game, only the second loss of the season for the Panthers, he was involved in a car accident.
The crash appears to have been a rear-end collision, when the car he was riding in was hit from behind by a Mercedes. The accident happened on Highway 237, out in San Jose. The governor was apparently on the phone at the time, but he quickly started checking to see if everyone was all right.
There were minor injuries in the crash. McCrory himself did not need to go to the hospital, though he was feeling a bit of pain in the wake of the wreck. One person who was with him did need to get a medical evaluation, though, and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The governor said after the accident that he was happy with how fast the emergency crews had responded, and he also noted that it put the lost Super Bowl into better perspective for him.
The Super Bowl itself had been played in Santa Clara, at Levi's Stadium, which is typically the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Even minor injuries can bring about significant medical bills when quick transportation and treatment are needed. Additionally, some types of injuries, such as spine, neck and even brain injuries, aren't always fully apparent until later. As such, it's important for those who are involved in accidents, no matter how serious they appear, to know what rights they have to compensation.
Source: Star Telegram, "North Carolina Gov. McCrory in minor car accident after Super Bowl," Feb. 08, 2016