Major Injury in a Rancho Cordova Accident

Rancho Cordova Accident on Folsom Boulevard

A January 17 collision in Rancho Cordova caused a major injury to one person. The accident was reported as occurring at about 6:20 in the evening at Folsom Boulevard and Hazel Avenue by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Officers with the CHP say that it appears as if one of the motorists ran a red light, which led to the collision. Eastbound traffic was shut down along Folsom Boulevard from Rudy’s Hideaway while the accident was cleared. 

Additional Details of the Accident

The individual who suffered a major injury was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and evaluation. One other person involved in the crash suffered minor injuries. The Sacramento Sheriff’s Office said no signs of foul play or DUI were present.

Running a Red Light

Red light accidents occur frequently in intersections. This type of accident is caused by any driver who enters an intersection after the signal has turned red. Both red lights and stop signs are in place to control the flow of traffic. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the number of red light accidents has escalated since the early 2000s.

The Usefulness of Red Light Cameras to Prevent a Major Injury

In many areas, red-light surveillance cameras are in place. The cameras ensure that a driver who ran a red light will be caught and forced to pay a traffic ticket for their transgression. The cameras have decreased the number of drivers who enter an intersection unlawfully.

Reasons for a Red Light Accident

Red light accidents are commonly caused by the following reasons:

  • Distracted driving: Many drivers are focused on other things such as texting and do not see a red light until it is too late.
  • Speeding: Sometimes, a driver is speeding and cannot stop in time when a red light signal changes.
  • Impatience: Drivers who are late for work or other things often refuse to wait at a red light. They are the ones who speed through both red and yellow lights. 
  • Reckless drivers: Some drivers are convinced they own the road. They believe that other motorists must watch out for them.
  • Aggressive drivers: Red light runners are commonly found among aggressive drivers. 

T-Bone Accidents Cause Serious Major Injury

Red-light runners often cause T-bone accidents, especially at intersections. This occurs when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another. T-bone accidents can cause a major injury to the driver or passenger. The problem is that the doors or sides of a vehicle have little protection and few, if any, safety devices. The impact can cause shattered glass and a crushed door or back panel. Some common injuries are pelvic fractures and injury to the abdominal area.

How an Attorney Can Help

Due to the traumatic nature of the injury, the injured party may suffer disabling and severe symptoms that may persist for a long time. Because of this, it is important to rely on the services of a personal injury accident lawyer. At our firm, we send our investigators to the accident site as soon as possible. They look for clues as to why the accident happened and speak to witnesses. They also use accident reconstruction techniques to determine liability and review police reports for mistakes. Video footage is obtained from traffic surveillance cameras to see the accident in real-time. Once all evidence is compiled, it is handed over to our lawyers who use it to produce a strong case for our client.

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