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Single-Vehicle Crash of a Tesla Occurs on Sacramento Freeway

At Least One Person Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash on U.S. 50

A single-vehicle crash on a Sacramento Freeway caused injuries on October 31 when a Tesla went off the road. The accident occurred around 4:15 a.m. along westbound U.S. 50 just east of Howe Avenue. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a black Tesla exited the road and ended up in a ditch. 

Rocks and Debris Stall Traffic on Highway

The three occupants inside the vehicle were all found unconscious by medics with the Sacramento Fire Department. The Tesla accident may have been caused by a rock slide since a large amount of rocks and debris were found blocking the roadway, however, the report did not elaborate, and the rubble could have occurred as a result of the collision. At least one patient from the Tesla convertible was transported by medics to UC Davis Medical Center for more evaluation and treatment. 

Roadway Closed While Cleanup Commences

Caltrans was notified to send a sweeper to clear the roadway and that four signs had been obliterated and needed replacing. By 5:36 a.m., the number four lane had been opened. The Howe Avenue ramp reopened just after 6:00 a.m. 

Single-Vehicle Crash Being Investigated

The Tesla was towed from the scene as evidence. An investigation is underway by the CHP to find out how the collision occurred. The names of those injured in the single-vehicle crash have not yet been released.

Road Debris and Accidents

Drivers always have to be on the lookout for debris in the roadways that can lead to an accident. The majority of accidents caused by road debris are from items that fell from a big rig or another vehicle. However, inclement weather conditions such as heavy rain or snow or natural disasters such as rock slides, earthquakes, and flooding can also block a roadway, leading to a single-vehicle crash.

Routine Maintenance Can Help Prevent a Road Debris Single-Vehicle Crash

Maintaining your vehicle and securing loads can help prevent road debris accidents caused by trucks and passenger vehicles such as:

  • If the driver is hauling a load, secure it properly using tarps, netting and adequate strapping. 
  • Never overload the cargo being transported. This can result in the vehicle being top-heavy and shifting, which can result in a rollover.
  • Don’t leave loose items in the cargo area or bed of a pickup. Hitting a pothole or bump in the road at higher speeds can eject items into the roadway.
  • Perform regular maintenance such as tire inflation and replacing old, worn tires. Check exhaust pipes in older vehicles to ensure they are sturdy and won’t fall off into the roadway. 

Proving Negligence Against a Government Entity

When negligence by a government entity causes injuries in a single-vehicle crash, the injured party may place a claim against them for compensation. However, because the time in which to file is much shorter than in other personal injuries, having a lawyer handle it for you can be a good idea. In this way, all paperwork will be filed in a timely manner to avoid the statute of limitations running out.  

Personal Injury Attorneys in Sacramento

My name is Ed Smith, and I am a Sacramento personal injury attorney. When negligence caused your car accident injury, you might be able to place a claim for compensation. You’re welcome to contact us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for our free and friendly advice. We can review your claim, answer your questions and tell you what options are open to collect damages, and no obligation is involved. If you prefer, we can be contacted online.

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