Major Injury Chico Accident Involves Three Vehicles

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May 11, 2024
Edward Smith

Three Vehicles on S.R. 99 Involved in Major Injury Chico Accident

A major injury Chico accident was reported on May 9 involving three vehicles. The collision happened on State Route 99 southbound at the off-ramp for Cohasset Road around 5:37 p.m. When officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived at the accident scene, they discovered the vehicles in the center divider. Debris strewed all the lanes. 

Juveniles Injured in Major Injury Chico Accident

The accident involved a Dodge minivan, Toyota and Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Several juveniles in the accident suffered trauma, including one with major injuries. They were transported to a hospital for medical attention. Debris was so extensive, that a sweeper was brought in to assist in removing it. An examination of the accident by the CHP traffic accident unit will determine the fault and how the crash occurred.

The Importance of an Injury Attorney After a Multi-Vehicle Collision

In the wake of a major injury Chico accident that encompasses several vehicles, it’s common for liability to spread across multiple drivers. Such accidents typically result in severe injuries due to the possibility of a car being hit multiple times from various angles. Engaging an injury lawyer empowers the victim to pursue claims against every negligent driver involved. The negligence in these accidents can manifest in numerous forms, including:

  • Distracted driving encompasses a range of behaviors that divert the driver’s attention from the road. Common distractions in a major injury Chico accident  include the use of mobile devices, adjusting the radio, or eating while driving.
  • Speeding significantly increases the risk of accidents by reducing the driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, and increasing the distance a vehicle travels while the driver brakes.
  • Tailgating reduces the tailgating driver’s reaction time to stop or slow down, making rear-end collisions much more likely.
  • Impairment due to alcohol or drugs diminishes a driver’s reaction times, decision-making skills, and overall cognitive functions, contributing to a higher likelihood of accidents.
  • Fatigue impairs the driver’s concentration and ability to make quick decisions on the road, similar to the effects of impairment, thereby increasing the risk of crashing.
  • Texting and driving significantly divert attention from the road. Engaging in texting while driving can delay reaction times just as severely as alcohol impairment.

Compensation for Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury claim includes the following compensation:

  • Recovery of medical expenses incurred due to your accident is possible, covering hospital charges, doctor’s fees, diagnostic tests, treatments, surgical procedures, and subsequent rehabilitation. 
  • Lost income due to an inability to work is compensable. This includes not only lost wages but also lost job-related benefits such as tips, bonuses, pension contributions, and insurance benefits.
  • Compensation is recoverable for the physical and emotional trauma suffered because of the accident.

In the video that follows, accident lawyer Ed Smith recommends considering specific characteristics in attorneys when seeking legal assistance:

Chico Car Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Chico car accident attorney. In the unfortunate event of an accident due to somebody else’s negligence, my team and I are here to assist. You can reach us at (530) 392-9400 for free, friendly advice or, alternatively, at (800) 404-5400. For those who prefer online communication, visit us at our website for further assistance. We’re ready to discuss your case, offering you a complimentary evaluation with one of our skilled injury lawyers to explore your legal options.

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Photo attribution: Image by Ely Penner from Pixabay

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