Stockton Major Injury Accident Involves Out-of-Control Car

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April 29, 2024
Edward Smith

Out-of-Control Car Crashes on State Route 99

A Stockton major injury accident occurred on April 28 when a driver lost control of their vehicle. The collision happened just after 12:00 noon on State Route 99 northbound near the Cherokee Road off-ramp. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported the Honda Pilot swerved in the roadway, and the driver lost control. The vehicle then rolled over. 

One Person Hospitalized After Out-of-Control CarAccident

Although both occupants of the vehicle managed to exit, one of them suffered a major injury in the crash. The vehicle ended up next to a chain-link fence on the side of the roadway, damaging about 20 feet of it. The CHP traffic accident division is investigating the cause of the accident.

An Out-of-Control Car Rollover Can Increase Injuries

Rollover accidents significantly increase the likelihood of severe injuries. A number of different factors can cause an out-of-control car to experience a rollover, including:

  • Braking or swerving suddenly to avoid hitting another vehicle can lead to a rollover.
  • Drivers lose control due to distractions, impairments, speeding, or other forms of negligence.
  • Rear-end or side-impact collisions can spin another vehicle out of control, leading to a rollover.
  • Overloading a vehicle makes it prone to tipping over during sharp turns.
  • One vehicle clips another, causing the second vehicle to crash into a guardrail or the center divider.
  • Poorly maintained roadways can cause an out-of-control car to experience a rollover if the driver hits a pothole or obstruction. While the government entity charged with maintenance can be held responsible, there is a six-month deadline to file. An accident attorney can help by ensuring that paperwork is completed correctly and sent to the appropriate agency. The lawyer can also negotiate a settlement for the injured party.
  • An auto defect, such as in the brakes or steering, can cause a rollover. This is one of the reasons it is important to retain the vehicle so it can be examined. If the rollover was caused by an auto defect, a claim may be filed against the manufacturer.

Roof Crush Increases Injury Risks in Rollover Accidents

During rollover accidents, the danger of roof collapse significantly adds to the risk of injuries. Auto manufacturers legally must engineer vehicle roofs and their supports to endure the forces of a rollover. Regrettably, not all comply. Following a rollover incident, it’s crucial to maintain the vehicle in its state to allow for a thorough inspection of the roof for any damages. Successful examination may form the basis for suing the manufacturer for auto product liability.

Seeking Legal Assistance Post-Accident

Consulting with an attorney immediately after a rollover can significantly enhance the chances of a favorable legal outcome for your case. By filing a personal injury claim, those who suffered harm in an accident caused by a negligent driver can recover their medical costs, and lost wages, and be compensated for their pain and suffering. 

In this video, accident lawyer Ed Smith shares valuable tips on selecting a personal injury attorney:


Stockton Car Collision Attorney

I am Ed Smith, a Stockton car collision attorney. If a negligent driver has caused you injuries in an accident in San Joaquin County, our experienced injury attorneys stand ready to offer free, friendly advice. You can reach us at (209) 227-1931, toll-free at (800) 404-5400, or through our online form. One of our experienced attorneys can review your case, answer any questions you might have, and tell you how you can recover compensation. 

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