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Multiple Vehicle Crash in Elk Grove on Interstate 5

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August 26, 2019
Edward Smith

Multiple Vehicle Crash in Elk Grove on Interstate 5

Elk Grove was the site of a multiple vehicle crash that involved a big rig on August 21. Injuries were reported in the accident. The collision was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as occurring shortly before 7:30 in the morning along Interstate 5 close to Elk Grove Boulevard. The CHP is in charge of the investigation into how the multiple vehicle crash occurred. 

Seeking Legal Help Following an Accident

Multiple vehicle crashes are more complex than ordinary accidents. This is because vehicles may be struck more than once. This is one of the reasons why it is important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer when a multiple vehicle crash occurs. Because others involved in the collision will have legal representation, having your own helps to protect you from false claims and from being able to collect the damages that you deserve. An experienced lawyer will represent you in negotiations with the insurance company. If the insurance company reneges or is uncooperative, the lawyer can prepare a strong case to present in civil court for the recovery of damages.

How an Injury Accident Is Investigated

In order for an injured person to claim compensation for their accident injuries, it must be shown that negligence was involved. Our investigators step in right away to prove your claim by going to the accident scene to investigate. They begin by checking the police report for errors and interviewing witnesses. Next, they look for video cameras that may have caught the accident on tape. 

Accident Reconstruction

Performing accident reconstruction is a positive way to show how an accident occurred and who was at fault. This includes the original positioning of the vehicles to where they ended up. Paint smears, tire marks, yaws, and vehicle damage give information on what happened. In addition, they will look for negligent actions by other motorists.

Negligence That Causes a Motor Vehicle Crash

The majority of multiple vehicle crashes are caused by driver error. In some cases, multiple drivers can be guilty of contributing to a crash. Some of these types of negligence include:

  • Speeding: Going above the speed limit means that a driver is more apt to lose control of their vehicle. It also means that upon impact with another vehicle, injuries may be worsened. Speeding can be discovered through witness accounts and cameras along the roadway.
  • Running a red light: This is one of the most common reasons for accidents at intersections. Traffic cameras often record this form of negligence.
  • Distracted driving: Texting or talking on a cell phone can be proven by investigators of a crash by comparing the time of the accident with calls made.
  • Fatigued driving: Falling asleep at the wheel is provable because there will be no indication that the driver tried to stop before the collision occurred.
  • Drunk or drugged driving is a common form of negligence that causes traffic accidents. This is readily proved by measuring the BAC level of the motorist. 
  • Aggressive driving or road rage: Cameras and witnesses can indicate whether an aggressive driver or case of road rage caused an accident. Often there are many signs such as cutting in and out of traffic, tailgating and making angry gestures at another driver. In some cases, a driver with road rage will even force another vehicle off the highway.

Elk Grove Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove car accident lawyer. Highways are common locations for traffic collisions, and injuries can be compounded by the speed of the vehicles. If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent motorist, you can reach me at (916) 694-0002 locally or by using our toll-free number at (800) 404-5400. An online contact form is also available for your use if you prefer.

I have handled many personal injury cases in my 37 years as a lawyer. This includes negligence cases that involve all types of vehicular accidents, wrongful deaths, or different kinds of traumatic injuries

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