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Accident on Highway 299 Causes Fatal Trauma

Accident on Highway 299 Causes Deadly Trauma

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated that one person was killed during an auto accident on Highway 299. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has stated that they are withholding the decedent’s identity until his family receives a proper notification.

Crash Details

The accident occurred shortly after midnight at 12:24 a.m. on State Route 299 just outside of the small community of Oak Bottom in Shasta County. CHP stated that the two individuals were traveling in a 2005 Toyota Tundra and were driving east on the highway when, for unknown reasons, the driver reportedly lost control of the truck. The Toyota drifted to the right and left the road before overturning and rolling down a steep hill on the southern side of the highway.

Response

The vehicle passenger was able to extricate herself from the wreck and make her way back to the roadway in order to flag down help. People stopping to help the woman contacted CHP, who immediately dispatched emergency staff to the crash scene. Responders arriving at the site discovered that the driver had suffered critical trauma during the crash. Sadly, he was declared deceased at the location. Whether or not the passenger was injured was not reported.

Investigation

Red Bluff area CHP is currently looking into the possible causes of this accident and have stated that they do not know what factors were involved. Many people aren’t aware that crashes only involving a single car can be caused by multiple factors, many of which aren’t things drivers have any ability to control. Non-driver collision factors commonly include defective auto parts and dangerously designed or poorly constructed roads.

Additionally, investigating fatal crashes like this one can be hard for officials because they aren’t able to gather testimony from the driver. In these situations, it’s possible that police will not determine what parties are truly at-fault for the accident, and families may not be able to claim the compensation they need. This is why it’s important to have a Redding wrongful death lawyer conduct their own investigation into causal factors of the accident.

Rollovers and Liability

Auto accidents that involve overturned cars have a higher incidence rate of serious and fatal injuries than most types of crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that rollovers are only a small percentage (less than two percent) of accidents, but make up nearly ten percent of fatal collisions.

One of the most important things that make these types of crashes are dangerous is weak vehicle roofs. If a car’s roof isn’t designed safely or isn’t made of strong materials, it can crush during a rollover, intruding into the cabin of the car and leaving occupants seriously hurt. In these cases, the company that made the car is frequently considered at-fault for accident damages and can be held financially liable for things like medical bills, lost income, personal suffering, and more. This is why it is vital to preserve your wrecked vehicle so it can be used as evidence in your case.

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