Major Vehicle Crash Near Modesto Causes Two Injuries

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April 21, 2024
Edward Smith

Injuries Reported in Snedigar Road Major Vehicle Crash

A major vehicle crash occurred in Riverbank on April 17 which resulted from a driver running a red light. The collision happened along Snedigar Road at about 7:00 a.m. and displaced two families when a semi crashed into a duplex. A Riverbank Police Department spokesperson said the accident was caused by a woman in an SUV, age 21.

Red-Light Runner Hits Semi, Causing Major Vehicle Crash Into Duplex

The young woman was proceeding north on Snedigar when she ran the red light at the intersection with Patterson Road. A semi, moving east along Patterson Road and legally going through the intersection, struck the SUV. Because of the initial collision, the semi exited the road and struck a duplex, injuring a man, 59, who was sleeping in his bedroom. 

Two People Transported to Hospital Following Semi Collision Into Building

The man and SUV driver were both transported to a hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening. The driver of the semi was unharmed in the crash. Local police are conducting an investigation into the accident.

Accidents Caused by a Negligent Motorist

When a motorist negligently strikes another vehicle, causing it to crash into a building or another car, the initial driver bears responsibility for any resulting injuries. Typically, the at-fault motorist in a major vehicle crash may be held liable for damages, which can include not only the physical damage to vehicles and property but also medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering experienced by those who suffered injuries. Additionally, severe cases involving reckless or intoxicated driving could lead to criminal charges against the at-fault driver, further compounding the legal consequences they face.

Filing a Claim to Recover Compensation

Those who are injured in a major vehicle crash can enlist the help of a car accident lawyer, who will help them recover the compensation they deserve, such as the following:

  • Medical expenses allow the injured person to reclaim costs for hospitalization, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and future medical treatments. Your lawyer can obtain the information to calculate future expenses if needed.
  • Lost wages enable the injured party to recoup income lost while taking time off work to heal.
  • Loss of earning capacity compensates for the injury’s long-term impact on earning ability, including any wage differences that need recovery.
  • Pain and suffering compensation aids in addressing the physical pain endured by the victim.
  • Emotional distress compensation specifically targets the psychological impacts, such as anxiety or depression, resulting from the accident.
  • Loss of consortium allows a spouse to claim compensation for the loss of companionship and support.
  • Punitive damages may be granted in instances where the at-fault party acted recklessly or maliciously, though they are not commonly awarded.

An injury lawyer will gather the evidence that supports your claim and handle negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If an agreement cannot be reached, the lawyer can take your case to civil court to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

In this presentation, injury attorney Ed Smith offers advice on selecting an effective personal injury lawyer:


Riverbank Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Riverbank car accident lawyer. If you’ve suffered injuries in accidents caused by negligent drivers, call us at (209) 227-1931 for a free consultation. You can also reach us at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice. Take advantage of our free consultation to get answers to your questions and explore your options for recovering compensation. Alternatively, you can contact us online.

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