Intoxication Suspected in Sacramento Interstate Accident

Injuries Occur in Sacramento Interstate Accident on I-5

Major injuries were reported in a Sacramento interstate accident that may have involved drunk driving on November 12. The crash, which involved a semi and another vehicle, was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) shortly before 4:00 a.m. It occurred along southbound Interstate 5 at Cosumnes River Boulevard. 

Sacramento Interstate Accident Results in Rollover

The driver of the semi called the police, saying he thought he had been hit from behind. The semi driver pulled his truck over to the right-hand side. The other vehicle was overturned and also on the right-hand side. 

Authorities Determining Cause of Collision Involving Semi

Sacramento Fire Department first responders transported one patient to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center with reported major injuries. Officers are determining whether drunk driving may have factored into the cause of the crash. A determination of the collision’s cause is underway by CHP traffic crash detectives. 

How Drunk Driving Leads to Accidents

Drivers who are impaired by alcohol increase their risk of causing an accident. Intoxicated drivers exhibit decreased motor skills and vision, poor concentration and judgment and slowed reaction times. If you are injured in an accident because of an impaired driver, you may be able to recover compensation with the help of an injury lawyer.

Supporting Your Personal Injury Claim with Evidence

Your injury lawyer will evaluate the factors surrounding your Sacramento interstate accident, and an investigation will be conducted to determine liability. A strong case will be compiled by reviewing accident reports from police officers who attended the accident scene, reviewing video footage from traffic cameras, and using other forensic techniques. If necessary, the lawyer can also represent you in negotiations with insurance companies and litigation.

You will receive emotional support and advocacy from an injury lawyer throughout the entire compensation process. Your case will be handled by your attorney, which will allow you to focus on recovering emotionally and physically from your accident.

What Damages Can I Recover From My Injury Accident?

The compensation you can recover after being injured in a Sacramento interstate accident that involves a drunk driver includes:

  • Medical expenses that arise as a result of your accident are recoverable. These include the ambulance, physicians’ fees, hospitalization, surgeries, tests and your rehabilitation costs. You can also claim your out-of-pocket expenses, such as gas, parking and so forth for doctors’ visits.
  • Wages that were lost because you could not work due to your trauma can be recovered. By wages, that includes the value of your pension, insurance benefits, and any bonuses or tips you would have received. If you work at a lesser-paying job due to your injuries when you return, the pay difference is calculated into your settlement. If you suffer a permanent disability and can no longer work, your wages until retirement age are calculated.
  • Compensation for your pain and suffering is possible. It includes your physical trauma and emotional distress, such as anxiety, nightmares and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Punitive damages: The injured person can sometimes ask for punitive damages. These are meant as a deterrent for future behavior of this type and are meant to punish the drunk driver. Your lawyer can advise you whether this type of award would apply to your case.

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