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Pickup Pulling Recreational Vehicle Overturns on I-5

Pickup Pulling Recreational Vehicle Overturns on I-5

A pickup pulling a recreational vehicle overturned along Interstate 5 on October 6, which resulted in injuries and interfered with traffic. According to the report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident happened along the southbound side of the interstate close to Sutterville Road at about 1:30 in the afternoon. The vehicle ended up overturned on the shoulder of the right-hand side of the freeway, blocking numerous lanes. Passersby stopped to try and extricate the driver and passengers from the vehicle. At least one person was taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance. A tow truck was required to remove the vehicle. The CHP is investigating to determine what caused the accident.

Top Causes of Recreational Vehicle Accidents

Driving an RV or pulling a trailer can be challenging, especially if the motorist is in heavy traffic or unfamiliar with how it changes the handling of the vehicle pulling it. The major reasons accidents occur when pulling a recreational vehicle are:

  • Speeding: A vehicle pulling a recreational vehicle needs more time to stop. Traveling above the speed limit increases the risk of an accident.
  • Fatigued drivers: Drivers tend to stay on the road longer when driving a travel trailer or while pulling one because they are heading for a place to stop for the night. 
  • Windy weather: Lighter weight recreational vehicles are more likely to get knocked over in a high wind. Using stabilizing jacks and driving slower in higher winds is important to avoid an accident.
  • Overloading: Overloading an RV is illegal and increases the risk of an accident. Rather than take the risk, a driver should stop at a truck weighing station and have it checked for weight before heading out on the road.
  • Poor loading: A recreation vehicle has to be evenly loaded to prevent a rollover. In addition, a tire blowout can occur if too much weight is exerted on one side.

Why You Need Help From a Lawyer

In accidents that result in serious injuries, the at-fault motorist will be trying to avoid responsibility. This can keep an injured person from obtaining fair compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages and the pain and suffering the accident caused. Evidence is quickly erased from an accident site or covered up. This is why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible.

How We Help After an Accident

Truck and RV accidents can be more complicated than normal traffic collisions, especially if a recreational vehicle is involved. Our investigators quickly head to the accident site to gather evidence. They begin by talking to witnesses and checking the accident report for errors. They will then perform accident reconstruction, look for cameras nearby that might have caught the recreational vehicle accident on tape, and look for signs that the other vehicle attempted to stop. They check to see if the trailer hitch or brakes were improperly attached and whether the driver was speeding or committing another traffic infraction that may have contributed to the accident. Once the evidence is gathered, our lawyers use it to deal with the insurance company on your behalf or build a good case to present in civil court.

Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento truck accident lawyer. There are many reasons a truck can cause a collision, but an experienced lawyer can help determine why. Contact me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for my free and friendly advice. I can also be contacted by filling out the online form at my website AutoAccident.com.

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Over my 37 years working as a lawyer, I’ve assisted many Sacramento residents in obtaining compensation. Among the areas I work in are traumatic injuries, wrongful deaths, and any type of traffic collision.

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