Highway 99 Crash Causes Fatality and Two Major Injuries
A chain reaction crash involving four vehicles occurred near Chico on March 7, resulting in a fatality and injuries. The collision was reported at around 3:00 p.m. along Highway 99 north of Cana Highway. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a Chico woman in a Toyota, age 52, drifted into the opposing lane, colliding with the side of a tractor-trailer. She died in the crash.
Semi-Axle Strikes Honda When It Becomes Detached
The rear axle of the semi fell off and crashed into a Honda sedan. The impact of the collision sent the tractor-trailer into a Toyota pickup. As a result, the pickup rolled over several times and ended up on its side and was totaled in the crash.
Two People Transported to Hospital With Moderate Injuries
The driver of the semi suffered moderate injuries. The Toyota pickup driver, Shasta Lake resident, Chris Larges, age 52, also suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to Enlow Medical Center. The Honda driver was uninjured. Traffic was diverted while the accident scene was cleared.
Causes of a Chain-Reaction Crash
Chain-reaction crashes are often caused by many factors, such as poor road conditions, driver error or inattention, excessive speed and heavy traffic. Poorly designed roads that lack adequate signs, markings, guardrails and other safety features can also contribute to these accidents. Other common causes of a chain reaction accident include distracted driving (i.e., texting while driving or talking on the phone), impaired driving (i.e., drunk or drugged driving) and inadequate vehicle maintenance (tires, brakes, etc.).
Losing Control Can Lead to a Chain Reaction Crash
In some cases, a single car may cause a chain reaction accident if it were to lose control, as other drivers may be unable to avoid the collision due to the vehicle’s sudden and unexpected movement. Even a seemingly minor tap from one car can cause a chain-reaction crash if it disrupts the flow of traffic, resulting in a pile-up of multiple vehicles.
Recovering Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
If a driver is negligent and causes an injury in a chain reaction car accident, the injured person may be entitled to compensation. This compensation may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses. In order to prove negligence in a car accident claim, it is necessary to show that the defendant driver had a duty to act with reasonable care towards the injured person and breached that duty.
An Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
The services of an injury lawyer can be invaluable if you have been injured due to another’s negligence or recklessness. An injury lawyer has the experience and knowledge to help you navigate the complex legal system. They understand how insurance companies work, and they will fight hard to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
Chico Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, and I am a Chico personal injury lawyer. When a driver’s negligence has caused your injuries, compensation may be recovered from the at-fault party. You can reach us at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. Contact us online as well if you prefer. You can ask questions, we’ll review your case and discover options to recover the compensation you deserve when you schedule a free consultation with one of our accident attorneys.
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