Critical Injuries Occur in Davis Traffic Crash

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February 16, 2022
Edward Smith

Vehicle on Mace Boulevard Crashes and Catches Fire

A single-vehicle traffic crash in Davis caused critical injuries to the driver on February 14. The accident was reported to have occurred along Mace Boulevard southbound around 1:00 a.m., which is close to the I-80 overpass. According to a news release by the Davis Police Department, the vehicle suddenly went left and crossed six lanes of traffic before crashing into a fence and concrete wall. 

Bystanders Pull Driver From Burning Vehicle

The vehicle caught fire; however, several people helped to remove the driver, who was the only occupant. The driver was then transported by medics to UC Davis Medical Center, in what was described as critical condition. Mace Boulevard was shut down in both directions, with drivers being asked to stay away from the area. The accident is being investigated by authorities to determine what happened.

Causes of a Single-Vehicle Traffic Crash

A single-vehicle crash is among the most common types of accidents. They can occur for a variety of reasons, but there are instances in which a driver who has been injured can place a claim to recover compensation

Mechanical Vehicle Defects as a Cause of a Traffic Crash

A vehicle accident can be the result of a mechanical issue, but if a part was defective, the manufacturer, components maker, and others could be responsible for the accident. Parts that are defective can lead to problems such as faulty brakes, steering that suddenly fails, and sticky accelerators. In the event of a serious accident, it is recommended that people keep their vehicles instead of destroying them. This allows engineers to examine the vehicle for defects. When a single-vehicle collision is caused by a defect, the manufacturer can be sued by filing a product liability claim

Government Negligence in a Traffic Crash

Road maintenance problems are the responsibility of the government agency charged with keeping roadways safe. There are many potential conditions on the road that could cause a single-car collision, such as malfunctioning traffic lights, potholes, insufficient overhead lighting, leaves, oil or debris and others. However, the statute of limitations for suing a government entity is much shorter than for other types of personal injury claims. Once that time has passed, the court will refuse to hear the case. 

Filing a Claim Within the Statute of Limitations

Under California Government Code § 945.6, the injured party has only six months in which to file a claim with the government entity responsible for causing their trauma. The entity itself has 45 days to respond. If no response is received, the injured party then has two years in which to file a lawsuit. However, if a claim is denied, the injured party has six months to file.

A lawyer can help you prepare appropriate paperwork to maximize your chances of being successful. Furthermore, a personal injury lawyer can assist in the successful resolution of your case through mediation.

Accidents Caused by Fleeing Drivers

Hit-and-run motorists flee the scene. While initially, a traffic crash may appear to only involve one vehicle, an injury lawyer can investigate to determine if another motorist was involved. When that person is located, they can be held financially responsible.

Getting Advice About Your Traffic Crash

For 40 years, our injury lawyers team has resolved many claims that involve single-vehicle accidents. We offer a free, no-obligation review of your case, can answer your questions, and will tell you what options are open for you to recover compensation.

Davis Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Davis car accident lawyer. Accident injuries can end up costing a lot in medical bills and other expenses. However, if negligence was the cause of your accident, you might want to find out if you can recover compensation to pay for your financial losses and your pain and suffering. Call us for our free and friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. We can be reached online also.

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