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Sacramento Intersection Hit-and-Run Involves Four Vehicles

Accident at 51st Avenue Intersection Causes Major Damage

A hit-and-run with reported injuries occurred in Sacramento on November 5 involving four vehicles. The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of 51st Avenue and Franklin Boulevard. At least two of the vehicles required a tow, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP)

CHP Investigating Hit-and-Run Accident

The vehicles included a Toyota pickup with moderate damage on the right-hand side and a BMW sedan with destruction to its front end. The CHP is investigating to determine fault in the accident and to locate the driver who fled the scene.

Intersection Accidents

Intersections are notorious for being a place where a large number of accidents occur. If you think about it, they are a crossroads where walkers, bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers interact. Intersections rely on good behavior by those who use them, and since driver error is one of the leading causes of accidents, it is amazing that more crashes don’t happen.

Here are some of the more common types of accidents that occur in intersections:

  • Rear-end collisions: These occur because drivers are lined up at or approaching a traffic light or stop sign. As this happens, the driver to the rear may be distracted and fails to stop in time to avoid hitting the lead vehicle. In addition, the driver to the rear might be speeding, and although cognizant of the lead vehicle, they are unable to stop in time. Most rear-end collision accidents lead to cervical strain or sprain, commonly called whiplash. The symptoms of whiplash can be slow to evolve and can last six months to a year or more. In the majority of cases, the driver to the rear is at fault for this type of collision.
  • Head-on collisions: This type of accident may be rare, but when it occurs, it is often fatal. Head-on crashes happen most commonly in rural areas due to the lack of a police presence. In some cases, the driver is confused or inebriated and mistakes the proper lane. In other cases, the driver aggressively fails to drive in their lane, resulting in a head-on collision.
  • T-bone crashes: These occur when the at-fault driver rushes through an intersection, hitting another vehicle legally passing through. Often, the driver who causes the T-bone collision is running a red light when the crash occurs. This type of accident frequently causes femur and pelvic fractures, both of which require extensive treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Pedestrian accidents: Whether in a crosswalk or darting across the street, many pedestrians are injured or killed in an intersection. While crosswalks are considered safe, that is not always true. A distracted driver may not be aware of a walker in his/her path and proceed to hit them. If the pedestrian darts across the street, they may assume some of the blame, but the motor vehicle driver will still be held strongly responsible.

How an Attorney Can Help

Your car accident lawyer can help gather the needed evidence to prove that the at-fault party was negligent and responsible for your injuries. This is crucial and without it, the case will not proceed. Our lawyers use this evidence to craft a strong case against the at-fault driver, employing it during negotiations and in court.

Car Accident Attorney in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury attorney in Sacramento. The advice of an experienced lawyer may be helpful when you have been injured by a negligent driver. We offer free, friendly legal advice at (916) 921-6400. You can also reach us online or by calling (800) 404-5400. Whether in person or virtually, a free consultation is available to answer your questions, review your case and discuss compensation options.

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