Santa Ynez Woman Dies After One-Car Crash
I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Ynez personal injury attorney. A woman from Buellton was killed on Tuesday, April 18, when her vehicle went through a guardrail near a rest area close to Gaviota. Neither alcohol nor drugs was believed to be a reason for the crash. We want to extend our sympathy to the family of the deceased woman in their time of tragic loss.
According to a representative of the California Highway Patrol, the woman, 57, was driving her 2008 Honda south on Highway 101, north of the off-ramp for Highway 1, when the woman failed to maintain control of the car on the road, which was wet at the time. Her car slammed through the road’s guardrail and overturned. She was alone in the vehicle, and the injuries the woman sustained in the crash were fatal.
Around 8:30 in the morning, the accident was responded to by the CHP, a helicopter, ambulance and the county fire department from Santa Barbara. One lane of Highway 101 was shut down while crews worked on repairing the guardrail. The CHP is currently conducting an investigation into the reason for the crash.
This type of accident is common and includes rollover accidents, run-off-road accidents, crashes involving animals or debris left in the road. Driver error is a significant feature of this type of crash and driving while impaired, distracted driving, falling asleep at the wheel and driving at high speeds are often cited.
Poor weather is another causal factor in one-car crashes. For instance, poor drainage on the roads, not having chains or all-weather tires when driving on icy or snow-covered roads all contribute to the chance of an accident. Roadway issues such as sharp curves without proper warning, narrow lanes or ill-marked roadways have a part to play.
Vehicular handling is also important when navigating certain roads. This includes a propensity to respond poorly when cornering, accelerating or braking. Rollovers are more common in vehicles with a high center of gravity. In addition, cars with a heavy front end can understeer while those with a heavy rear tend to oversteer. Being aware of your vehicle’s tendencies can help you navigate on the road.
Another reason for one-vehicle crashes is the onset of a medical emergency. Drivers with certain medical conditions such as epilepsy, heart disease or diabetes among others may have a symptomatic episode while driving. This can be evidenced by examining the person’s medical reports, particularly their medical history.
Santa Ynez Car Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Ynez car accident attorney. If you, or a family member has been injured in a one-car crash or any type of vehicular accident, call me at at (805) 372-0200, or for those who prefer using my toll-free number, I can be reached at (800) 404-5400. I will offer you friendly and free advice.
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