Fatalities Occur in Wrong-Way Collision in Tracy

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April 02, 2024
Edward Smith

Wrong-Way Collision in Tracy  With Fatalities and Injuries Happens on Interstate 580

A wrong-way collision in Tracy on March 31 caused two fatalities and injured three others. The accident occurred along Interstate 580 westbound close to Corral Hollow Road at about 2:00 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Officers reported that a Honda Accord went the wrong way on the interstate when it collided with a Kia SUV head-on. 

Driver Ejected in Wrong-Way Collision in Tracy

Both of the vehicles experienced rollovers. The Honda driver, a resident of Antioch, was thrown from his car, struck the center median and died. A Fort Bragg woman, Azucena Perez, 32, was driving the vehicle that was struck head-on and transported to San Joaquin General Hospital. However, she also died as a result of her trauma. 

Three Passengers Injured in Wrong-Way Collision in Tracy

Three passengers in the Kia were transported to the hospital, including a man, 35, and an infant, who suffered major injuries. Another minor in the crash sustained minor trauma. The CHP has not released whether the Honda driver was impaired during the collision. The CHP traffic unit is conducting an investigation to determine what happened to cause the accident.

Causes of Wrong-Way Driving

Wrong-way driver accidents frequently cause severe injuries and fatalities. Although there are several reasons these dangerous collisions occur, the following are the most common:

  • Intoxication: Drunk drivers are a frequent cause of a wrong-way collision in Tracy and elsewhere. Because the intoxicated driver has their vision affected, poor reflexes and bad judgment, they mistake an exit for an entrance ramp. 
  • Confusing road markings or signage: If signs are not properly placed or the area is poorly lit, motorists can go the wrong way on a street or highway.
  • Defective auto parts can lead to a driver losing control of their vehicle, which then goes into the opposing lane.
  • Age can lead to a wrong-way collision if the driver is elderly and confused.

Compensation Recovery in a Wrong-Way Collision in Tracy

By filing a personal injury claim, those injured in an accident caused by a wrong-way driver can recover their medical costs and lost wages and receive compensation for their pain and suffering. The families of those whose loved ones died in such an accident can file wrongful death claims to recover the decedent’s wages until retirement, personal compensation for their loss, funeral and burial expenses, and more.

Contacting an Accident Attorney

Accident attorneys often offer a free consultation and case review to help those who were injured or whose loved one died because of another’s negligent actions. When you choose a lawyer to handle your claim, there are no charges unless the case reaches a successful conclusion. You have nothing to lose by calling for a free review of your case, and there is no obligation.

Deciding What Accident Lawyer to Call About Your Case

Looking up cases a lawyer has handled, and organizations they belong to can be helpful when you are looking for free advice or an attorney to represent you. In addition, client and peer reviews can be beneficial. To learn more about our law firm, visit Settlements & Verdicts, Yelp, Google, and Avvo. We are proud Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Top 1 Percent members.

Watch the following video by accident attorney Ed Smith to find out what to look for in an injury lawyer:


Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. When people are injured or killed in an accident caused by a negligent driver, a claim may be filed to recover compensation. You are welcome to phone us for free and friendly advice at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. You can also reach us online. One of our attorneys can review your case for free. You can ask questions, and they will let you know the options for you to recover compensation.

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