Head-On Accident on Auburn Boulevard Injures at Least One Person
A two-vehicle head-on crash in Sacramento on September 28 resulted in at least one person being transported to a hospital with injuries. The collision occurred at Auburn Boulevard and Annandale Lane around 7:16 in the evening. Both vehicles sustained major front-end damage from the intersection collision, according to the police report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
Injuries Reported in Intersection Head-On Crash
At least one party involved in the crash was transported by the Sacramento Fire Department to Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael for additional assessment of their injuries and treatment. Tow trucks removed the vehicles, which will be held for evidence in the intersection crash. The accident is under investigation by the CHP to assess how it happened.
Causes of Head-On Collisions
Almost all head-on collisions are caused by driver negligence. At intersections, many are caused when a motorist attempts a left-hand turn in front of oncoming traffic. The driver either misjudges the other motorist’s speed or tries to beat them before they reached the intersection. The major reasons a driver is negligent, which can lead to a collision, are:
- The driver is too fatigued to be driving. This commonly happens when a motorist performs shift work, is on certain medications, or has a medical condition. It also happens just because someone stayed out too long the night before. This makes it less likely that the motorist will drive responsibly.
- The motorist is distracted. Texting, talking on a cell phone, eating or drinking while driving, and other actions distract the driver from the task at hand. Looking away or taking their hand off the steering wheel for just a few seconds is enough to cause a head-on crash.
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs can lead to a head-on crash. Drivers who are intoxicated can end up going the wrong way on a highway or street, exhibit poor reflexes and judgment, and cannot focus well.
- Reckless drivers cause many accidents. A head-on crash can be caused by a reckless driver because they are the ones who run red lights, speed, cut in and out of traffic, and perform other unsafe maneuvers.
Investigation of a Head-On Crash
If an injured person decides to claim compensation for their injuries, evidence has to be gathered to support their case. Our investigators are highly experienced in finding proof to do just that. Some areas that are checked for evidence include:
- Witnesses are interviewed, and the police report is scanned for mistakes.
- Forensic reconstruction of the accident will be performed. This can determine the mechanics and circumstances of the head-on crash as well as other contributing factors.
- Road and traffic cameras, as well as those from businesses nearby, are checked for video footage. This type of evidence is heavily used both by insurance companies and in court.
- Neglect of roadway and area maintenance is sought, which could be a contributing factor in a collision. This may include traffic lights that are mistimed, potholes, and bad lighting or overgrown shrubbery. The government entity in charge of maintenance may be liable in these cases, at least partially.
Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. A number of factors may be responsible for a head-on crash. Finding out the truth allows an injured party to claim fair compensation. Call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for my free and friendly advice about your case. I can also be reached online.
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