Auto Accident Injures Ione Passenger
I’m Ed Smith, an Ione personal injury attorney. Three parties suffered significant injuries after a single vehicle accident near West Point on May 25, 2018. At approximately 1:30 in the early morning, a 22-year-old Sutter Creek man was driving his 2003 Saturn eastbound along Highway 26 in the vicinity of Higdon Road when he approached a curve in the road and lost control. Authorities reported that the Saturn driver was allegedly speeding as the vehicle veered off the south side of the highway and struck a cedar tree, causing it to come down. The driver and his two passengers, one from Jackson and the other from Ione, all suffered injuries described as moderate to severe and were transported via ambulance to the Kaiser Hospital in South Sacramento. An update on their conditions has not been released publicly by officials.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), speed and alcohol are suspected as contributing factors to the single-vehicle accident. The driver is suspected of being intoxicated while behind the wheel and may be charged for causing significant harm to his passengers.
Passenger Vehicle Accident Statistics
In California, approximately 3,623 traffic fatalities occurred in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of these fatalities, 1,942 occurred within passenger vehicles and 586 individuals were reportedly unrestrained at the time of the crash. Common factors which led to these accidents involved alcohol-impaired driving at 1,059 and speeding with 1,056. Traffic deaths were found more likely to transpire in rural areas at a rate of 2.62 per 100 million miles driven while urban areas had a lower rate of 0.70.
Passenger Injury Claims
Passengers who have suffered injuries in a car accident may be able to file a personal injury claim against multiple parties involved in the incident. These parties include the driver of the other car(s) involved in the collision as well as the driver of the vehicle they were riding in, regardless of fault as passengers are rarely found liable for crashes. Other parties that may also be considered in a claim are the registered owner(s) of the involved vehicles (other than the driver), common commercial carriers such as taxi or bus drivers and rideshare companies like Lyft or Uber. In these types of cases, negligence must be proven to receive compensation for any wage loss, medical bills or pain and suffering associated with the accident. This is where the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer in Ione makes the difference. A skilled attorney can investigate further into the crash to accurately determine liability and protect your right to fair compensation.
Ione Personal Injury Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, an Ione personal injury attorney. Car accidents are capable of causing severe injuries to those involved. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an auto accident while riding as a passenger, please contact me at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.
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