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Rear-End Accident Results in Sacramento Highway Injury

Westbound US 50 Accident Injures One in Two-Vehicle Crash

An injury occurred following a rear-end accident along westbound US 50 on September 19. The accident involved a Suzuki and Honda Accord, which crashed about 5:24 in the afternoon just east of the connector with State Route 51 northbound. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to an accident report and discovered that one vehicle sustained major rear-end damage and had to be towed from the scene.

One Injury Reported in Sacramento Rear-End Accident

One person involved in the rear-end accident was transported by first responders with the Sacramento Fire Department to UC Davis Medical Center for additional evaluation and treatment. The accident is being investigated to determine how it occurred and to assign fault.

Dangers of a Rear-End Accident

These types of collisions are common and can occur anywhere from someone backing out of space at a parking lot or while waiting at a traffic intersection to a sudden highway crash. Around 29 percent of all collisions are of this type and cause many injuries and fatalities every year. The following are some of the reasons these accidents occur:

  • The driver is distracted and not paying attention to traffic: Many drivers tend to multitask while behind the wheel of a car, even though a distraction of a few seconds is enough to cause a rear-end accident. Some drivers are just talking with passengers, others are eating and drinking while driving or texting a family member or friend. All of those behaviors take the driver’s thoughts from concentrating on the roadway.
  • Drunk driving is still a major cause of collisions: A drunk driver is a danger to others on the roadway because they cannot use proper judgment, and their reflexes and even vision are affected. This can easily translate into a rear-end accident.
  • Ignoring traffic laws: Drivers who are speeding, tailgating, cutting in and out of traffic, and other negligent behaviors can cause a collision. 
  • Weather conditions: If the pavement is wet or it is raining, snowing, or icy out, motorists are expected to adjust their driving speed to avoid accidents. In addition, some vehicles simply don’t handle well on wet pavement and may fishtail or be challenging to stop.
  • A defect in the vehicle: A defect in the brakes, accelerator, or steering column can end up causing a rear-end accident. In these cases, the manufacturer and others may be held responsible through a product liability lawsuit.
  • Losing control of the vehicle: Occasionally, a driver will slip up and press on the accelerator instead of the brake. Usually, this type of error happens with older people, but it can occur with anyone. Mistake or not, they are still liable if an injury occurs from the resulting accident.

How an Accident Investigation Is Conducted

My law office has vast experience in collecting the evidence necessary to support a client’s compensation claim. First of all, our investors go to the collision site to gather evidence. This is in various forms that include checking the police report for mistakes and talking to the witnesses. They also perform accident reconstruction, examine damage to the vehicles, and take photos of the cars and the crash area. Traffic lights are checked to see if video footage is available, and the roadway itself is examined for government negligence. Once completed, our lawyers use all of this information to build a strong compensation claim for the client.

Car Accident Lawyer in Sacramento

My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a car accident lawyer in Sacramento. Even what appears to be a fender bender can result in injuries. If a negligent motorist harmed you, call me at (916) 921-6400 locally or (800) 404-5400 if phoning long-distance. You can also message me by completing the online form.

I’m honored to have helped many people obtain the compensation they deserve following an accident injury. Since 1982, I’ve successfully handled many traffic accidents of all types, traumatic injury cases, and wrongful deaths.

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