Major Injury Occurs in Sacramento Crash Involving Media Van

Two Accidents Occur on Interstate 5 at the Same Time

A major injury was reported in one accident on December 23 when two collisions occurred within a short time of each other in Sacramento. Both collisions occurred around 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 just north of the off-ramp for Sutterville Road. The police accident report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that one of the collisions involved a single vehicle, while the other involved an ABC10 news van and a Honda sedan. 

Driver Crashes Into Tree in Single-Vehicle Crash

In the single-vehicle collision, the driver spun out and crashed into the trees. Minor injuries were reported in that collision. No additional information was provided.

Major Injury Reported in Two-Vehicle Collision

An ABC media van stopped to render assistance to the driver in the initial crash. The media van was then struck by another vehicle. Due to the incident, the number three lane was blocked, and medical personnel were called to assess an injury. A major injury occurred, and that patient was transported to a hospital for additional treatment. An investigation into the causes of both accidents is underway by the CHP to determine how they occurred. No information was released on whether alcohol or drugs was a factor in the accidents.

Driving in Inclement Weather

Snow, rain, fog, and sleet can quickly turn roadways into a nightmare. However, motorists are expected to use additional care when driving to avoid being involved in a major injury accident. Making use of some of the following tips for driving in bad weather may help:

  • Plan to get to your destination in advance. Besides checking the weather forecast, plan your route in areas that do not flood, and check for accidents that may end up with you stalled in traffic.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in good condition for the weather. Check tires, windshield wiper fluid, see that you have an ice scraper if needed, and add extra weight to your trunk to help improve traction. When snow or ice is involved, several bags of plain cat litter can be used to improve traction if your vehicle gets stuck.
  • Slow down. Even though you are not speeding, you can still get ticketed if the weather is bad and you are driving too fast for conditions. Speeding also makes it more difficult to stop if an emergency arises up ahead, and you stand the risk of losing control of your vehicle.
  • Make sure you are wearing your seat restraints. Not only is this a legal requirement, but wearing your seat belt can help protect you from suffering a major injury if you are involved in a collision.
  • Say no to tailgating. Tailgating is a bad idea at any time, but doing it when the pavement is wet or icy almost guarantees an accident and one that can result in a major injury. Back off and leave space between your car and the one in front of you, so there will be room to stop if you have to.

Seeking Legal Advice Following a Major Injury Accident

Drivers are expected to exercise caution, no matter what the weather conditions are. If a negligent driver was responsible for your accident injuries, our team of injury lawyers can offer you advice on whether you can file a claim to recover damages. We can offer you a free, no-obligation consultation either in person or virtually. During your consultation, we can review your claim, tell you what options are open to recover compensation and answer your questions. It’s that simple. 

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyers

I am Ed Smith, and I’m a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. When injuries to you occur because another driver was negligent, you might want to find out if you can place a compensation claim. Contact us for our free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 if you are calling from long-distance. We also offer an online contact form.

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