Interstate 80 Crash Near On-Ramp Results in Major Injury
A multiple-vehicle crash stalled traffic for almost two hours on November 8 along the Alan S. Hart Freeway in Roseville. The collision occurred along westbound I-80 at the eastbound Douglas Boulevard on-ramp at around 9:37 a.m. A semi was involved in the collision, which also included two pickup trucks.
Traffic Lanes Affected for Several Hours Due to Multiple-Vehicle Crash
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), multiple lanes on the eastbound side of the highway were blocked by vehicles and debris in the aftermath of the crash. Medics with the Roseville Fire Department arrived at the scene, where they determined that at least one person had suffered major injuries in the accident. That patient was transported to a hospital.
Accident Being Investigated to Determine Fault
All of the lanes were reopened at 11:16 a.m. The CHP is conducting the investigation into the multiple-vehicle collision to discover how it occurred and to place fault.
Common Causes of a Multiple-Vehicle Crash
Although there are many ways in which a multiple-vehicle accident can occur, about 95 percent of all crashes are due to negligence. Following are some of the most common causes of a crash involving multiple vehicles:
- Poorly designed or maintained roadways: Upheavals in the pavement, potholes, missing or obscured signs and poor lighting can lead to a multiple-vehicle accident, as can bad design. The government entity charged with design and maintenance may be held liable for accident injuries. The statute of limitations to file a claim is only six months, so getting help from an attorney may be advisable.
- Inclement weather conditions: Slick roadways and obscured vision due to rain, snow, sleet or fog can cause a collision involving multiple vehicles. A driver who is going the speed limit in dangerous weather conditions may be cited for speeding and held liable in an accident.
- Speeding: Speeding is a common reason for a multiple-vehicle crash. A driver who is going too fast cannot stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Reckless or aggressive driving: Drivers who are aggressive or have no regard for other motorists frequently cause collisions.
- Distracted driving, such as texting while behind the wheel: Looking away from the surrounding traffic for even a few seconds is long enough to result in a crash.
- Fatigue: Drivers who are too tired to be behind the wheel of a vehicle often react the same way those who are impaired do, which makes them a danger on the road.
- Impairment due to alcohol or drugs: Driving impaired is not only illegal but dangerous to the driver and others sharing the roadway. The driver has trouble maintaining their lane, slowed reflexes and other deficits that make them unsafe.
- Defective auto parts: Defective brakes, tires and other auto parts can cause a multiple-vehicle crash. In many cases, the driver doesn’t even know there is anything wrong until an accident happens. Retaining the vehicle following an accident is important so it can be examined for defects. A product liability claim may be placed against the manufacturer if one is found to have caused the crash.
Roseville Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, and I am a Roseville personal injury lawyer. A negligent driver is usually to blame for most traffic accidents, and when that motorist causes your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation. We are available for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. A free consultation with one of our accident attorneys can help you discover your options to recover damages by assessing your case either in person or virtually. You can also reach us online.
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