Highway Head-On Collision Injures Calistoga Man

Highway 29 Head-on Collision Injures Both Drivers

A two-vehicle highway head-on collision recently caused injuries to both drivers, including serious trauma to a Calistoga man. The accident occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), along Highway 29 near Ehlers Lane between Calistoga and St. Helena. The news release about the accident said that a Toyota C-HR was traveling in the lane going northbound when it drifted off the road onto the shoulder and hit a barrier, which caused it to veer over the centerline. There, it struck a Hyundai Sonata heading southbound. 

Both Drivers Hospitalized After Highway Head-On Collision

Both injured drivers were transported to Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center. The driver of the Hyundai, Calistoga resident Jose Tovar, 75, sustained major trauma. The driver of the Toyota suffered moderate injuries. He was identified as a St. Helena resident, age 53. The highway remained shut down for around an hour as an investigation was conducted into the cause of the crash and the scene cleared.

How to Recover Compensation After an Accident

Severe injuries are often caused by head-on crashes. The law firm you hire should prioritize your needs over anything else in the event of a negligent or reckless driver-caused accident. A crash site investigation is conducted by investigators in order to establish fault. A strong case can be built by collecting evidence surrounding your claim, including accident reconstruction, video footage from traffic cameras, and witness statements.

How Do Head-On Collisions Happen?

There are many reasons why a head-on collision occurs, but the majority are caused by negligence. Among them are:

  • Distractions: Distracted drivers take phone calls, send texts or converse with passengers while driving. You can move from one lane to another in just a few seconds after looking away.
  • Speed: Drivers who speed can lose control of their cars and go into the opposing lane.
  • Wrong-way drivers: A wrong-way driver can cause a head-on collision when he takes the wrong ramp onto a freeway or drives down a one-way street incorrectly. 
  • Passing improperly: An improper passing situation occurs when a driver passes someone approaching from the opposite direction despite the view being blocked.
  • Fatigue: Having a fatigued driver can significantly affect their ability to operate their vehicle safely. Exhaustion can have the same effect as impaired driving. 
  • Intoxication: Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs may make poor decisions and risky maneuvers, leading to a head-on crash or other serious accidents.

When a traffic collision occurs, accident lawyers can determine who caused it. It is possible to recover the costs of a client’s medical expenses associated with the accident, their lost wages, and their pain and suffering damages by investigating to determine fault and obtaining evidence to support their claim for compensation.

Napa Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith. I am a Napa personal injury lawyer. We can help you determine whether you can file a claim for compensation if you have been injured by a negligent driver. Contact us at (707) 564-1900 for a free case review from one of our accident attorneys, answers to your questions and to find out what options you have to recover compensation. Also, you can reach us by phone long-distance at (800) 404-5400 or through our online contact form. 

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