Southbound Highway 5 Closed
California Department of Transportation is asking drivers to find alternate routes so they can perform skid testing. As you will recall, this is an area of Interstate 5 that has had multiple big rig accidents as well.
The two right lanes will be closed from 8:00 am to 11:00 a.m. The fast lane will be closed from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Recent Highway 5 Accidents
On December 10, 2015, a Federal Express truck driver lost control of his big rig and crashed into a pick up truck being driven by a man from Elk Grove. The man from Elk Grove lost his life in that tragedy.
On December 21, 2015, there were two big rig crashes that happened in close proximity of each other but at different times. Those accidents shut down Highway 5 near Sutterville Road and 47th Avenue in both directions.
Government Entity Claims for Highway Defects
As a Sacramento Auto Accident Attorney for the past 33 years, I have helped numerous clients bring successful claims against their government entities for traffic collisions caused by dangerous road defects and conditions. Some of these roadway hazards which can cause car accidents and create a liability for our government are:
- lack of the presence of guard rails
- highway shoulders that are inadequate
- intersection obstruction
- improper lane width (too narrow)
- merge lanes that are poorly designed
- road construction debris that makes an area hazardous
- lack of or insufficient warning signs
- large potholes
- other severe roadway defect
Suing a Government Agency
Bringing a lawsuit under the California Tort Claims Act or CTCA is different than other lawsuits. In government entity lawsuits you are required to file a claim within 180 days (6 months) from the date of your injury or the death of your loved one. In personal injury claims, you generally have two years to file. If you have a government entity claim you must be aware of the 180 day time constraint to file your claim. This really gives the government a huge advantage over the general public that is mostly unaware of this time constraint.
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Auto Accident Attorney with a highly-rated accident information site on the web, www.AutoAccident.com. If you or someone you hold dear has suffered an injury in a highway accident caused by the carelessness or negligence of another, call me right now (916) 921-6400. If you are calling from out of the area you may reach me toll free at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.
Ed is among the members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. These trial lawyers have won various multiple million dollar case settlements and verdicts.
Look on our website to view our settlements and verdicts.
Source: Capital Public Radio: http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/12/29/portion-of-interstate-5-in-south-sacramento-closed-for-skid-testing/
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