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January 30, 2023
Edward Smith

River Road Head-on Crash Causes Injuries and a Fatality

Two people were taken to hospitals and another man died in a Guerneville head-on crash northwest of Novato on January 25. The accident occurred along River Road, close to Bonita Avenue, around 10:45 a.m. The incident report released by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that a GMC Canyon was going west along River Road and speeding when the driver veered into the opposing lane into the path of a Chevrolet Blazer S-10. 

Two People Transported to a Hospital With Trauma

The driver of the Chevy, 71-year-old Stephen Martin of Morgan Hill, passed away at the accident scene. A Guerneville man in the GMC, age 39, suffered minor trauma while his passenger, also from Guerneville, age 42, sustained major injuries. Both men were transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment and additional evaluation. 

Authorities Requesting Information About the Fatal Crash

Authorities said that neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to factor into the cause of the collision. The CHP office in Santa Rosa is asking that those with information contact them at (707) 588-1400. 

Why a Driver Might Leave Their Lane and Cause a Head-On Crash

Driver fatigue is a frequent cause of lane changes that lead to head-on collisions. When drivers are exhausted, their ability to stay in their lanes can be compromised, as they may have reduced reaction time and impaired judgment. Other common causes of lane changes leading to head-on collisions include distracted driving, alcohol or drug impairment, speeding and other types of reckless behavior. 

Drivers may also drift due to poor road conditions, such as large potholes or sharp curves that cause them to veer off course, which can result in a claim against the government entity in charge. Because the deadline to file a claim is six months, getting help from an accident lawyer can ensure the paperwork is handled on time. Finally, sudden changes in weather conditions, such as a storm or heavy fog, could make it difficult for a driver to stay in their lane. In any of these scenarios, the potential for a head-on crash is high.

Injuries That Can Occur in a Head-0n Crash

Head-on collisions are some of the most dangerous types of car accidents, as they can cause serious physical harm to those involved. Common trauma in a head-on crash includes broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord or internal organ damage and lacerations. In severe cases, a person may suffer paralysis or even death.

Recovering Compensation After an Injury Accident

An accident attorney can help someone who has been injured in a head-on crash caused by someone else to recover the compensation they deserve. This includes recovering all of your medical expenses, wages that were lost from being unable to work, and compensation for your pain and suffering. By recovering damages, the injured person can concentrate on healing without the financial worries that often result from these types of accidents.

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. Those who suffer injuries because of another’s negligence may be entitled to damages from the at-fault motorist to recover their economic and non-economic losses. Please call (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 to arrange a free consultation with one of our friendly representatives. Feel free to contact us online as well. If you would like to meet with an accident attorney in person or virtually to discuss your case, we can review your claim, answer your questions and explain your options for compensation.

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