Accident Near Laguna Boulevard Injures One Person
A two-vehicle crash in Elk Grove on December 2 caused one person to be transported to a hospital. The accident occurred around 1:49 p.m. along southbound S.R. 99 just south of Laguna Boulevard. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the collision involved a Mazda and Toyota Scion that ended up in a ditch.
Afternoon Two-Vehicle Crash Occurs on Southbound S.R. 99
The reporting person’s vehicle was deemed undrivable and towed from the scene. No information was provided on the person who was injured. The CHP is investigating the two-vehicle crash to determine fault and how it occurred.
Reasons for a Two-Vehicle Crash
A two-vehicle crash along a highway is common and can occur for the following reasons, among others:
- When a two-vehicle crash occurs near a highway exit or entrance ramp, it can be due to a driver trying to change lanes.
- Distracted driving is a common cause of a two-vehicle crash. The motorist who is talking on their cell phone, texting or performing other activities instead of concentrating on traffic can quickly cause an accident.
- Speeding contributes to many accidents since the driver can lose control of their vehicle or not have enough time to stop for a sudden traffic slowdown.
- A driver entering the freeway from a ramp or attempting to exit can end up causing a two-vehicle crash if they refuse to grant the right of way to others.
- A drunk driver or one who has been using drugs can cause a two-vehicle crash. This occurs because someone who is intoxicated cannot judge their distance from other vehicles, shows poor judgment and other deficits that make them a danger to others on the road.
- Fatigued driving can be a problem, especially during late-night hours. A fatigued driver has been compared to a drunk motorist because their reactions are similar.
- Potholes, poor lighting, and other maintenance problems on a roadway can lead to a collision. In cases such as these, the government entity in charge of maintenance may be held responsible.
- Auto defects such as problems with the tires, brakes, accelerator and others can cause a two-vehicle crash. The manufacturer and others in the line of production may be held liable through an auto product liability claim.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered Following an Accident
When a negligent driver or other entity causes an accident, the injured party may place a claim to recover damages. The following may be recoverable:
- Medical: All the medical expenses associated with the accident injury are recoverable. This includes ambulance, hospitalization, physician bills, testing, surgeries and rehabilitation. If the injury is ongoing, your attorney can factor those costs into the settlement as well.
- Lost wages: For those who lose their income while incapacitated, they can recover their lost wages, including bonuses, tips, and other monies they normally receive. If the individual is self-employed, tax returns, receipts and other paperwork can be used to establish income. If the injured party cannot work in the future or has to take a lower-paying position, this is factored into the compensation.
- Pain and suffering: Compensation for physical, emotional and psychological pain can be recovered.
Auto Accident Attorney in Elk Grove
I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove auto accident attorney. Those who are injured by someone who was negligent may want to file a claim for compensation to recover their medical and other losses. Call us for free and friendly advice at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400. You can also contact us online. Your questions can be answered, and we can review your case and tell you what options there are to recover compensation.
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