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Chain-Reaction Crash Near Elk Grove Involves Five Vehicles

Accident Involving Five Vehicles Reported along Highway 99

A chain-reaction crash near Elk Grove occurred on November 29 involving five vehicles. The accident occurred along southbound Highway 99 between Dillard and Grant Line roads around 2:21 p.m., according to the spokesman for the Cosumnes Fire Department. The number one lane was blocked due to the crash, and a SigAlert was issued by Caltrans that stayed in effect until around 4:00 p.m. No injuries were reported in the accident. The chain-reaction crash is being investigated by authorities to determine fault and how it occurred.

Causes of a Chain-Reaction Crash

A chain-reaction crash occurs when one vehicle crashes into the rear of a car in front, and others in the same line collide also. Some of the causes of a chain-reaction crash include:

  • Adverse weather conditions such as fog, rain, or snow are the most common reason for a multiple-vehicle accident of this type. Motorists can help avoid becoming involved in a chain-reaction crash by keeping a safe distance between their own vehicle and others.
  • Rear-end collisions are another cause of these types of accidents.
  • Distracted driving can lead to an accident involving multiple vehicles traveling in the same lane. When a driver takes their eyes off the road to change a radio station, text, or perform other activities, they may not notice a slowdown ahead in time to avoid a collision.
  • Drunk driving is a major cause of all types of accidents. Because alcohol consumption acts as a depressant, it slows the driver’s reflexes, affects their judgment and vision, and causes other problems that can lead to an accident.
  • Road congestion can cause a chain-reaction accident. When vehicles are tightly packed together and moving at highway speeds, there is little room for error.
  • Speeding is involved in many types of collisions because the driver needs more time to slow down in an emergency and can lose control of their vehicle.

Placing a Claim for Compensation

When an accident injury is caused by a negligent motorist or other entity, such as government negligence, you might be able to place a claim to recover compensation. This compensation can include the following:

  • You can recover the cost of all your medical expenses, including the ambulance fee, hospitalization, surgeries, physicians’ bills, tests, and physical therapy. If your injury continues into the future, your injury lawyer can factor those costs into the settlement.
  • The money you lost from being unable to work is recoverable. This includes your salary, bonuses, and the value of additional perks of the job. If you are self-employed, tax records and other paperwork can be used to support your claim. If the inability to work is expected to continue, once again, your lawyer can factor that loss into the settlement. Should you have to take a lower-paying position, the difference in wages is included.
  • Compensation for your pain and suffering can be recovered. This not only includes physical pain and suffering but also emotional and psychological distress. If you end up being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, the cost of your therapy is recoverable also.

Elk Grove Auto Accident Attorneys

I am Ed Smith, an auto accident attorney in Elk Grove. A chain-reaction crash can cause injuries leading to medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If this happens to you and you would like to find out if you can file a claim for compensation, contact us for our free and friendly advice at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400. You can also connect with us online.

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