Head-On Collision in Stolen Truck Occurs on American River Bridge
A head-on collision between two pickups occurred in Sacramento in the early morning hours involving a wrong-way driver. The accident was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as occurring on the bridge that passes over the American River around 5:30 a.m. A car was also involved in the collision that was traveling behind one of the pickups.
One Injured Person Hospitalized Following Head-On Collision
One injured person was transported to the hospital as a result of the crash. Police determined that the pickup the wrong-way driver was in was stolen. Determination of why the accident happened is currently being conducted by CHP traffic accident investigators.
Head-on Collision and Their Dangers
If there is a head-on crash between both vehicles, the occupants are extremely vulnerable to injuries or fatalities. The final impact force will be determined by the weight and speed of both vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 58 percent of head-on accidents result in death. There are 7 percent of fatal crashes in cities that involve head-on crashes, although they are more common in rural areas.
Common Factors in Head-On Collisions
The cause of frontal crashes can be attributed to a variety of factors. Here are a few examples:
- Driving distracted: When distracted by their phones, texting or radio stations, distracted drivers frequently travel the wrong way in one-way lanes. This occurs when the driver doesn’t notice the sign warning them of a one-way street.
- Intoxication: Intoxicated driving impairs judgment and comprehension, which makes it harder to drive safely. There are many devastating accidents caused by drunk drivers who edge into oncoming lanes.
- Neglect in roadway upkeep: The government has neglected to provide clear and accurate roadway signs in many cities. If this problem results in an accident, the agency responsible for maintaining the roads and signage might be held liable. Using an injury lawyer to handle a government claim may be wise since the statute of limitations is only six months.
- In reckless driving, a driver crosses into the opposing lane or passes another vehicle where it isn’t allowed.
- Fatigue: When you fall asleep at the wheel or close your eyes for a few seconds, drowsy driving can have substantial consequences, particularly on busy roads and highways.
An Investigation of a Head-On Crash
There is a lot of violence involved in frontal collision accidents. The impact can also damage vehicles in other lanes. Our investigators visit the accident scene to determine logistics and liability. All personal injury cases must provide evidence of fault in order to be successful in recovering compensation.
We dispatch our investigation team as soon as possible. To establish liability, they reconstruct the accident and search the area for additional evidence. As well as reviewing police reports for errors, they also obtain videos from surveillance cameras. Witnesses are interviewed by our investigators for more information. With this evidence, our injury attorneys build a robust lawsuit for our clients.
Ed Smith, a personal injury lawyer, explains what to look for when seeking help from an attorney in the video below:
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