Injuries Reported in Highway 70 Two-Vehicle Car Crash
Two serious injuries were reported in a two-vehicle car crash near Oroville on May 7. The accident was reported around 5:00 p.m. along Highway 70 by the California Highway Patrol. Cal Fire and Chico firefighters arrived at the scene to determine accident injuries.
Two Patients Hospitalized Following Two-Vehicle Car Crash
One patient was transported by air to a hospital. The other was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Both vehicles sustained major damage. The CHP Traffic Investigation Division is investigating the incident to determine how the collision occurred.
Why a Rear-End Crash Occurs
Rear-end crashes are common, accounting for over 30 percent of all traffic crashes. They are most often caused by a driver not allowing enough time or distance to safely stop before colliding with the vehicle in front of them. Rear-end collisions can be extremely dangerous and cause serious injuries to those involved. Some of the common factors that lead to a rear-end car crash include:
- Following too closely – When drivers don’t leave enough space between themselves and the car in front of them, it can be difficult to avoid a collision if the other vehicle unexpectedly stops or slows down.
- Distracted driving – Due to texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking or otherwise being distracted behind the wheel, drivers may not pay close enough attention to the road and traffic situation.
- Speeding – Driving faster than the posted speed limit or too fast for the current weather or road conditions reduces the time a driver has to react and respond if something unexpected happens.
- Poor visibility – Oncoming headlights, fog, rain, snow or other poor environmental conditions can reduce a driver’s ability to see what’s ahead on the road until it is too late.
- Driver fatigue – Tiredness can impair reflexes and reaction times as well as judgment, increasing the risk of an accident when driving.
- Poorly maintained roads/vehicles – Potholes, uneven surfaces, improperly marked lanes, and other road conditions can cause drivers to swerve, brake abruptly or otherwise take unexpected action.
- Brakes and other vehicle parts that are not properly maintained or defective can increase the risk of rear-end collisions.
- Aggressive driving – Tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, sudden lane changes or any number of aggressive behaviors behind the wheel increases the likelihood of a crash.
An injury lawyer can investigate to determine if negligence caused your accident and resulting injuries. The attorney can also gather the evidence needed to support your compensation claim and negotiate on your behalf with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Take advantage of a free case review, have your questions answered and discover for yourself your options to recover compensation.
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Oroville Personal Injury Lawyer
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