Sacramento County Underride Accident Causes Two Injuries

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May 27, 2024
Edward Smith

Two People Hospitalized Following Sacramento County Underride Accident

A Sacramento County underride accident occurred on May 25. It occurred when a vehicle crashed into the rear of a semi in Mather at the Happy Lane intersection with Bradview Drive at about 9:44 p.m., as reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). According to officials with the Sacramento Metro Fire Department, two people in the vehicle were injured in the collision and transported to a hospital. 

Authorities Determining Cause of Sacramento County Underride Accident

The injuries ranged from major to moderate. An on-scene television crew reported the vehicle sustained severe damage in its front end. An investigation by the CHP traffic accident unit will determine how the collision occurred. 

Driver Negligence and Underride Accidents

All drivers must exercise caution around semi-trucks and strictly adhere to traffic rules, especially when it comes to yielding and stopping appropriately. Maintaining a safe speed near semi-trucks is essential, as these larger vehicles require more distance to stop and maneuver compared to smaller cars. Drivers should always remain vigilant of their surroundings when driving near a semi-truck, take extra precautions in blind spots, and avoid tailgating or attempting to pass on the highway. This caution can help prevent a Sacramento County underride accident.

By following these safety practices, motorists can significantly reduce the risk of causing underride accidents involving a semi-truck. Driving responsibly and cautiously is the most effective way to avoid such tragic incidents.

Underride-Related Accidents

A Sacramento County underride accident occurs when a vehicle travels too closely behind a tractor-trailer and can slide underneath it from the rear. These crashes often result in fatalities. Such accidents can stem from negligence by the truck driver in various scenarios:

  • The truck’s rear lights are nonfunctional, making it hard for motorists to notice when it slows or stops.
  • The truck lacks underride protection or the protective rails are too outdated to be effective.
  • Reflective tape is either dirty or missing, hindering visibility, especially at night.
  • Parked trucks along the roadside shoulder are not visible due to a lack of lighting.
  • No flares or warning signals are set out when a truck is parked by the roadside, as mandated by law.
  • The truck driver does not use turn signals while changing lanes.
  • A traffic slowdown results in the trucker braking hard, leaving insufficient warning for the vehicle following behind.

By addressing these potential hazards, the likelihood of underride accidents can be minimized, ultimately saving lives and preventing serious injuries.

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