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Auburn Major Injury Accident Involves Three Vehicles

Accident Causes Injuries at Grass Valley Highway Intersection

A major injury accident occurred in Auburn on June 17 after three vehicles collided. The collision happened around 1:24 p.m. at the Grass Valley Highway intersection with Willow Creek Drive. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) report said the accident involved a Subaru Forester, BMW, and a Honda Pilot. 

Investigation Underway to Determine Fault in Major Injury Accident

The southbound lanes were blocked at Willow Creek due to the collision. At least one person was transported to a hospital with major injuries. The incident is under investigation by the CHP to determine its cause. It is unknown whether drug or alcohol consumption factored into the collision.

Negligence That Can Result in an Intersection Accident

More than half of all traffic accidents happen at intersections. More than one driver is often negligent when multiple vehicles are involved. A personal injury lawyer can determine which driver/drivers are at fault in a multiple-vehicle crash, so their client can obtain the compensation they deserve. Intersection accidents commonly occur for the following reasons, among others:

  • Running a stop sign or red light. Red-light runners are probably the most common reason for an intersection accident that can result in a major injury. Because the driver has run a stop sign or red light, they often collide with vehicles passing through the intersection legally.
  • Distracted driving is another common cause of an intersection accident. Drivers who text, email, change the radio station and other activities when they should be concentrating on the task at hand often cause accidents that can cause a major injury.
  • Drunk or drugged driving makes the motorist unsafe behind the wheel of a car. A driver who is intoxicated or has been using drugs has problems judging distances from other vehicles, may not notice traffic lights and can weave in and out of the lanes.
  • Fatigued driving by motorists who are too tired can have similar reactions as someone who is intoxicated. They can drift out of their lane, fall asleep and fail to pay attention on the roadway, leading to a major injury.
  • Negligence by the government entity in charge of roadway maintenance can be responsible for a major injury accident. A collision may be the result of non-working or mistimed traffic lights, overgrown foliage at an intersection, poor design and for other reasons. However, the time allowed to file against a government entity is only six months, so hiring an injury lawyer to handle your case is a good idea. The injury lawyer cannot only ensure that paperwork is completed correctly and filed on time, he/she can arbitrate for you, so you can obtain the maximum compensation.

Determining the Cause of a Major Injury Accident

For an injured party to place a claim and recover compensation, it must be proved that another person or other entity was the cause. By conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident and negligence involved, we provide the evidence to support our client’s claim. The following includes:

  • The report filed by the responding police officers is examined to ensure its accuracy. Information is noted on whether any driver/drivers were cited for negligence.
  • Witnesses to the accident are interviewed by the investigators. In some instances, a witness taped the major injury accident on their phone, which provides strong corroborating evidence.
  • Traffic and other surveillance cameras in the area are checked to see if the accident was captured. 
  • The driving records of the other motorists are checked to see if they have a history of citations.

Auburn Personal Injury Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, an Auburn personal injury lawyer. Intersection collisions frequently result in serious injuries. If a negligent driver was the cause, you may be able to recover compensation to cover your medical expenses and lost wages as well as for your pain and suffering. For free and friendly advice, please call (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. An online form to contact us is available too.

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