Head-On Crash Occurs Along Highway 4 Near Farmington
A head-on crash near Farmington in San Joaquin County around 6:00 in the morning on November 5 resulted in the death of a 54-year-old man and seriously injured another. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident happened along Highway 4 close to Stanley Road near Farmington, which is a small community east of Stockton. A 54-year-old man driving a Ford pickup heading west along Highway 4 crashed into a Chevy Cavalier being driven east by a 34-year-old man. The man driving the Ford pickup died at the accident scene, while the person driving the Cavalier suffered major injuries in the collision.
Further Information About the Crash
Authorities with the CHP are investigating the crash to determine why the driver of the pickup crossed over into the opposing lane. However, it is not believed that either alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident. The investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing, and the CHP has put out a call that anyone who might have information about the crash should contact them.
Head-On Crash With Major Injuries
Injuries in a head-on crash are usually serious and can affect the injured partly permanently with accompanying disability. Some of the common major injuries are:
- Traumatic head injuries: TBIs are common in a head-on crash. Usually, the head strikes the windshield, dash, steering wheel, or side windows. They result in minor concussions to major head injuries such as bleeding into the brain, which can require surgery and cause life-long problems. Many times, the individual lives with the effects of the head injury when medical intervention or rehabilitation does not help.
- Spinal cord trauma: Such injuries can cause the person to lose the ability to walk or move their arms. If the spinal cord injury is high in the cervical spine, the person may be unable to move their body, speak or breathe on their own. This requires long-term nursing care. Other injuries to the spine are not as severe, and the person can resume their life with special consideration to their disability.
Causes of a Head-On Crash
The causes of a head-on collision vary from one accident to another, and it is necessary to determine what they are. Some of the common causes of head-on crashes are:
- Losing control of the vehicle
- Distracted driving
- Passing improperly
- Driving while fatigued
- Inclement weather
- Drugs and alcohol
- Not obeying traffic signals
What an Attorney Can Do for You
Head-on crashes can cause catastrophic injuries, and the reasons behind the crash are sometimes challenging to find. The scene of a head-on collision can be chaotic, and frequently, the evidence is misplaced or hidden. Our firm dispatches an investigative team to the accident site to establish negligence. We do this by interviewing witnesses, employing accident reconstruction techniques and obtain video footage of the accident. We also review police reports for mistakes and search for other evidence at the scene. Once our investigators have accumulated this data, they release it to our legal team, who use it to build a case against the defendant.
Stockton Wrongful Death & Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of traffic accidents and commonly cause injuries and fatalities. If your loved one was injured or lost due to a negligent driver, I have free and friendly advice to offer you. Get in touch with me at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400. A contact form online is available also.
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