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Serious Injuries Suffered in Cohasset Road Crash

Cohasset Road Crash Sends One to Hospital

During the busy morning commute hours of Wednesday, September 8, 2021, a head-on crash occurred on Cohasset Road in Chico. The incident sent one woman to the hospital and also caused other less severe injuries. Cohasset Road was blocked off for a period of time following the collision.

Details of the Cohasset Road Crash

According to a representative with the Chico Police Department (CPD), the crash occurred just after 8:00 a.m. south of the Chico Airport on Cohasset Road. A white Suburu was heading south on Cohasset when the vehicle moved across the double yellow lines into traffic heading in the opposite direction. The driver of the Suburu later indicated that the vehicle was experiencing “steering problems.” The Subura crashed head-on into a blue Nissan Pathfinder.

Crews blocked off Cohasset Road to clear the scene and retrieve the wrecked Nissan Pathfinder from a ditch. The road was reopened at approximately 9:20 a.m.

Reported Injuries in the Head-On Collision

The driver of the Nissan Pathfinder, a 61-year-old female from Hamilton City, sustained injuries that required the trauma team to be activated. She was transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico for treatment. Authorities say that she suffered a broken leg and will require surgery on her left arm.

The driver of the white Subaru, a 42-year-old Cohasset resident, as well as a passenger in the Suburu, sustained less serious injuries and did not require ambulance transport. 

Continuing Investigation Into the Cause of the Crash

Officers from CPD are continuing the crash investigation in order to determine whether “steering problems” were an actual cause of the incident.  Information continues to be gathered, but authorities say that at this point, it does not appear that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

What Can Cause Steering Problems?

Sometimes, when a person causes a car crash, they may try to claim that the movement of their vehicle was caused by some sort of mechanical issue. As noted by an officer with the CPD, whether that is truly the case in this Cohasset Road crash continues to be investigated.  In any event, let’s examine some of the things that can cause “steering problems” in a vehicle.

  • Low Power Steering Fluid. This is a common issue. Your vehicle may need its steering fluid topped off every now and then. Keeping the fluid at full capacity ensures that the power steering system will continue to operate smoothly. If you notice difficulty steering and turning the wheel, or a sluggish response, this could be the culprit. It is an easy fix, just purchase the correct fluid and top it off. 
  • Power Steering Fluid Leaks. If you have to add fluid continually to your vehicle, you may have a leak in the power steering fluid. Check under the front of your car for any residue. If you locate a leak, take your car to your mechanic for service.
  • Worn or Damaged Power Steering Belt. If your power steering belt becomes worn down and slack, your steering could start to feel jerky or heavy. The belt should be replaced by your mechanic to ensure the proper functioning of your vehicle’s steering system.
  • Bad Strut Bearings Or Tie Rods. This issue could be the cause if you notice your wheel wandering or straying as you drive. If you notice this problem, you should take your car in for inspection immediately. If ignored, it could lead to steering failure, an emergency situation on the road.

Watch the YouTube video. The clip below goes over six issues that may lead to steering problems.

Chico Personal Injury Attorney

Hello, and thanks for visiting our legal blog. I’m Ed Smith, a Chico personal injury attorney. The injury lawyers at my firm have been advocating for injured Chico residents for nearly four decades. If you would like to receive our free and friendly advice following a car accident, do not hesitate to call us at (530) 392-9400. From outside the local area code, please use the toll-free line we provide: (800) 404-5400.

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