Elkhorn Boulevard Head-On Crash Causes Fatality and Injury
A young woman died in a head-on crash in North Natomas on March 10 when her vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic. The accident happened at about 8:30 a.m. near the Elkhorn Boulevard intersection with Northborough Drive. She was killed in the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), when her Honda Civic struck a van head-on. The van driver was also injured but is expected to recover fully. An investigation is underway to determine why the head-on crash occurred.
Head-On Collision in a Residential Area
A head-on collision near an intersection in a residential area can be a devastating event, often resulting in serious injury or death. Common causes of such collisions include:
- Distracted driving: Texting while driving, talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio, eating or drinking while behind the wheel can all lead to a driver drifting into oncoming traffic.
- Drunk driving: Driving while using drugs or alcohol reduces a driver’s ability to make split-second decisions, leading to dangerous collisions.
- Speeding: Exceeding the speed limit can increase a vehicle’s stopping distance and lead to an inability to make a sharp turn.
- Running a red light or stop sign: When drivers fail to obey traffic signals, they can easily enter into oncoming traffic and result in a head-on collision.
- Weather conditions: Rain, snow, ice, fog and other inclement weather can reduce visibility and increase reaction times, leading to accidents.
- Poor road conditions: Potholes, faded lane lines and other road hazards can lead to a driver veering into oncoming traffic. When a government entity is at fault for poor maintenance that causes a head-on crash, they may be held liable. Government claims have a six-month limit to file, so getting assistance from an accident attorney could be helpful.
- Driver fatigue: Falling asleep at the wheel or becoming too tired to drive safely can result in an accident with another vehicle.
Compensation That Can Be Recovered in an Injury Accident or Wrongful Death
When a person is injured in an accident or loses a loved one due to the negligence of another, they may be eligible to recover a variety of compensatory damages. These include:
- Medical expenses: A personal injury claim can cover any medical treatments, hospital stays, medications and other related costs associated with the trauma. If the injury is ongoing, the settlement could include compensation for additional medical costs.
- Lost wages: This is compensation for the wages lost due to the injury or death. A personal injury claim can also include future wage losses if someone cannot continue working because of their injuries. In wrongful deaths, the family may recover wages and other benefits of the deceased until their retirement age.
- Pain and suffering: This non-economic compensation covers emotional distress, mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring or disfigurement, and other intangible damages. A personal injury claim allows for the recovery of these damages. In the case of a wrongful death, the family may recover compensation for their own pain and suffering.
- End-of-life expenses: Under a wrongful death claim, the family may recover the cost of the funeral and burial.
Natomas Personal Injury Lawyer
I am Ed Smith. I’m a Natomas personal injury lawyer. In the event of an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover your medical costs and other expenses by filing a personal injury claim. We offer free, friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 for both personal injury cases and for wrongful deaths. We can also be reached online as well as at our toll-free number (800) 404-5400.
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