I’m Ed Smith, a Marysville car accident lawyer. A man recently lost his life and another individual was injured in a collision involving a single vehicle in rural Yuba County near Marysville on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
Officers of the local California Highway Patrol (CHP) office indicated that the accident occurred shortly after 12:00 a.m. on Marysville Road north of the intersection at Collins Lake Road east of Yuba County’s Loma Rica Area.
Officers said that a man had been driving an SUV on a rainy road when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and veered off of the road. The driver reportedly attempted to regain control of his vehicle in order to turn back onto the road but overcorrected. Subsequently, the SUV veered sharply off of the roadway and careened down a roadside embankment, overturning as it fell.
Response and Injuries
Emergency responders told reporters that they found the driver of the SUV had sustained fatal injuries and pronounced him dead on-scene. The single passenger of the vehicle, Melissa N. Anderson, a 33-year-old from Challenge, was discovered to have suffered non-life-threatening trauma and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The driver’s identity has not yet been released by authorities. The specific nature of the pair’s injuries has also not been made clear.
Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the individuals affected by this tragic collision.
When roads are wet, there are several factors introduced to the roadway that increase the chance of auto accidents. Wet roads make it more difficult for drivers to maneuver around obstacles in the road, meaning that when dangerous roadway conditions arise, drivers are less able to avoid accidents. Wet roads also increase the time that it takes for vehicles to stop, increasing the difficulty of avoiding injury collisions and driving safely.
One of the most serious factors of rainy roads is the danger of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is when a thin layer of water causes a vehicle’s tires to lose traction with the road, severely reducing a driver’s control of their vehicle.
Despite the issue being common, many drivers don’t know what to do when their vehicles hydroplanes. When hydroplaning occurs, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and stay in control of the situation.
What to Do
First, drivers should not brake or accelerate suddenly. Because hydroplaning is a loss of traction that affects the front tires, a sudden brake slows the front tires but is liable to lock the back tires which will cause a vehicle to spin out. Sudden acceleration can cause a hydroplaning vehicle to pull ahead, which is dangerous if the vehicle is headed toward an obstacle or roadway edge.
After this, it depends on what type of vehicle you have. If your vehicle is a front wheel drive vehicle or a rear wheel drive vehicle with assisted braking and traction control, you should identify an open area and travel towards it, staying lightly on the accelerator and steering very gently. If you are in a rear-wheel drive vehicle without assisted braking or traction control, you should travel towards an open space while slowly easing off of the accelerator.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Marysville car accident lawyer. Accidents are often traumatic. If a car accident has left you with serious trauma, contact us at (530) 392-9400 for friendly, free advice. Additionally, I’m available at AutoAccident.com as well as my toll-free phone line, (800) 404-5400.
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