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Car Goes Airborne and Crashes in Yuba City

Dashcam Captures Epic Crash

A dramatic car crash was recorded by dashcam and business cameras late last week. The incident occurred in Yuba City, California and the videos show a car sailing through the air, then slamming into the ground below.  The soundtrack to the dashcam video is screaming from the family members in the truck that recorded the event. 

The airborne vehicle had catapulted off of Highway 99 after banking off of the highway. 

An employee with Mechanical and Irrigation Solutions on East Onstott Road was shocked to see the footage on the company’s surveillance cameras when he got to work on the morning of Friday, July 16th.  He estimated that the vehicle crashed down from approximately 50 feet in the air after leaving the highway.  Prior to the crash, the vehicle can be seen on the surveillance video driving at excessive speeds. 

Prior Hit and Run

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) revealed that the subject vehicle had been involved in a hit-and-run collision just before the crash. The driver had been behaving very erratically – reversing the vehicle on Highway 99 and exiting the highway via an on-ramp.

The employee with the surveillance video explained that the crash happened when the vehicle failed to make a hard left turn and continued to go straight – that’s when the car flew over the entire overpass. He remarked that the car had narrowly “threaded the needle” between a set of power lines, barely missing one.

As seen in the video, the car crashes head-on into the ground, then rolls. It ultimately came to rest on its roof, engulfed in a large plume of smoke. Crash debris littered the roadway.

The Aftermath of the Crash

The driver of the crashed vehicle, a woman, somehow survived the horrific crash with relatively minor injuries. According to the CHP, this was not a case of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Information about the other motorists who were involved in the prior hit-and-run has not been released.

Watch the YouTube video. The news clip below, from CBS Sacramento, includes the video footage of the crash.

The Benefits of a Dashcam

The chances of a crash such as this one being captured by a surveillance camera from a business or residence are increasing as more and more people purchase such devices. If your vehicle is equipped with a dashcam, you can be confident that if you are involved in a collision, you will have objective evidence documenting who was at fault. Dashcams are not expensive and can be well worth the investment to protect your rights in an accident. There are other reasons why installing a dashcam may be a good idea.

Should I get a Dashcam?

Below is a list of some of the benefits of purchasing and installing a dashcam in your vehicle.

  • They have become much more affordable.
  • Video footage provides an objective witness regarding accidents or other incidents that may damage your vehicle.
  • Footage may help you contest a traffic ticket.
  • Footage will provide evidentiary support for insurance claims or legal matters.
  • As they become more common, they may help to keep the roads safer from reckless drivers.
  • They can be a helpful learning tool – review the footage after a new driver has used the car.
  • They may help prevent fraudulent insurance claims.
  • They are a good way to capture road trip memories.

Yuba City Personal Injury Lawyer

Hello, and thank you for reading. My name is Ed Smith, and I am a Yuba City, California, personal injury lawyer. Not all automobile accidents are as dramatic as that which we have reported on here. Even the more routine car crashes can cause dramatic disruptions in your life. Injuries can put you out of work, medical bills rise, and the stress, pain, and anxiety can take a toll on your relationships. If you have suffered due to a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, call us at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. We are happy to offer free and friendly advice. 


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