Northgate Boulevard Accident in Sacramento

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December 17, 2019
Edward Smith

Accident in Sacramento at Northgate Boulevard

An accident at Northgate Boulevard in Sacramento near Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway occurred on December 14, 2019. The incident, which occurred at 1:49 p.m., involved two vehicles described as a gray sedan and a blue subcompact. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the vehicles ended up on the right-hand side of the boulevard. One person involved in the crash complained of back pain. An ambulance was requested. The CHP is actively investigating the accident as to cause and to assign fault. There is no indication at the time of this report that the crash involved drugs or alcohol. No arrests have been made in conjunction with the crash. 

Two-Vehicle Collisions

There are many different types of two-vehicle collisions:

  • Rear-end collisions: This is one of the most common types of traffic accidents. It is due to a sudden deceleration of the lead vehicle or driver distraction. Tailgating is also a factor in this type of two-vehicle accident. Cervical sprain or whiplash is a frequent injury that affects the soft tissues of the neck and upper back. The driver to the rear is usually considered liable for the accident.
  • Sideswipe accidents: This type of accident usually occurs when two parallel vehicles touch one another. Damages are generally minor, as are injuries.
  • T-bone accidents: This accident is basically a side-impact crash and can result in grave injuries. This is due to the lack of side safety features on many vehicles.
  • Rollovers: A two-vehicle collision can rapidly turn into a rollover. The involved vehicle will either flip onto its roof or side. A Crushed roof is a major hazard. In such cases, the roof is unable to withstand the weight of the vehicle and pushes down into the passenger compartment. This usually results in serious injuries or deaths. 
  • Head-on collisions: This does not happen as often as other types of accidents, yet the fatality rate is high. That is because the impact is composed of the weight and speed of both vehicles. It often happens on rural roads lacking a medium. Drunk or distracted drivers may weave out into the adjacent lane into oncoming traffic.

Liability for Two-Vehicle Accidents

Liability for two-vehicle accidents is commonly the result of driver error. In all cases, this involves negligence, whether intentional or accidental. Determining negligence depends on the following factors:

  • The driver owed a duty of care to the injured person.
  • The driver breached this duty.
  • This behavior caused the accident.
  • An individual was injured because of the driver’s error.
  • The injury resulted in financial hardship.

What an Injury Lawyer Can Do to Help

In any accident, proving negligence is the first step since without it, the case is unlikely to proceed. In order to do this, evidence usually must be presented that proves negligence occurred. At our firm, we begin by sending our investigative team to the accident site. Once they arrive, the investigators search for tell-tale clues as to why and how the accident occurred. They employ accident reconstruction techniques to assign liability and obtain information from witnesses. Investigators also obtain traffic surveillance camera footage as well as that from nearby businesses and homes that show how the accident happened. In addition, police reports are reviewed for errors since they are widely used in negotiations with insurers and in court. Once all the information has been gathered, the investigative team releases it to our lawyers, who use it to build a robust case for our client. 

Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. Injury in a car accident can be devastating both physically and financially. It is vital to have the input of an experienced attorney. Just call me at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. You can also reach out to me online by using our convenient contact form on my website.

I’ve assisted numerous clients in Sacramento in all types of car accidents, traumatic injuries, and wrongful deaths.

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