Collision Involving Two Vehicles Occurs on SR 99 During Rush Hour
An injury occurred in Elk Grove on December 14 following a two-vehicle collision. The accident happened around 5:42 p.m. on northbound State Route 99 just south of the Elk Grove Boulevard on-ramp. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a Ford Escape involved in the crash ended up at the center divider while the other vehicle was blocking the number one lane.
One Person Suffers Injury in Two-Vehicle Collision
Because of a complaint of pain by one of the involved parties, medics with the fire department arrived at the scene and reported a minor injury in the crash. The accident is being investigated by the CHP to discover how it occurred.
Accidents Near Highway Exit Ramps
A two-vehicle collision near a highway exit ramp is common. Negligence in accidents that occur near ramps is usually the fault of a driver, poor design, or government neglect and may occur for the following reasons:
- A driver slows down to read the signs while looking for their exit, which leads to a rear-end collision by the vehicle following behind.
- A speeding driver cannot stop in time to avoid a collision if another motorist slows or attempts to change lanes to reach an exit.
- A motorist realizes that another driver wants to change lanes and move in front of them but refuses to yield the right of way, causing a two-vehicle collision.
- The lead-in to the highway exit ramp is too short, or signage isn’t clear, which could make the government entity in charge liable for an accident injury.
- Lighting along the highway is poor and makes it difficult for a driver to read the signs.
- A drunk driver enters the ramp going in the wrong direction, which places them in the fast lane of oncoming traffic.
- A distracted driver doesn’t notice until too late that their exit is coming up and cuts across multiple lanes of traffic to reach it, causing a two-vehicle collision.
How a Two-Vehicle Collision Is Investigated
When an injured party wants to place a claim for compensation against a negligent driver or other entity, it must be shown through evidence who was at fault. Over the years, our law firm has successfully handled many such cases. Among other areas where proof is sought are:
- The investigators perform accident reconstruction, which shows how the vehicles were positioned before the accident happened, how it occurred, and where they ended up. This type of evidence frequently indicates which driver was at fault for the two-vehicle collision.
- The accident report filed by the responding police is examined to ensure its accuracy.
- The investigators interview any witnesses to the two-vehicle accident. In some cases, one of the witnesses taped the accident as it happened on their cell phone, which can provide compelling evidence.
- Business and traffic surveillance cameras in the area are inspected to see if the collision was caught on tape. If it was, that tape can be subpoenaed and used as evidence to support the client’s claim to recover compensation.
When the investigators have completed gathering all the evidence, our injury lawyers go to work to compile it into a strong case that will support our client’s claim. In this way, they can recover all of their medical expenses, wages lost because they could not work, and compensation for their pain and suffering.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Elk Grove
My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a personal injury lawyer in Elk Grove. Call us at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400 when you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver. You can also message us online.
Our legal team has helped the residents of Elk Grove since 1982 to get fair compensation for any type of traffic accident.
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