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Traffic Collision in Sacramento Results in Injuries

6000 Block of Hazel Avenue Site of Sacramento Traffic Collision

A traffic collision occurred in the 6000 block of Hazel Avenue close to where it intersects with Central Avenue in Sacramento on August 28, resulting in injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a white Volkswagen and a silver Camry collided shortly after noon, blocking the southbound lane. 

Tow trucks were summoned to the scene to clear the roadway. The CHP was at the accident site investigating the traffic collision to determine who is at fault in the crash. SAC Fire was on hand to evaluate the injured and determine if transfer to a medical facility was necessary. 

Traffic Collisions in Sacramento

Each year, approximately 3,000 accidents occur in Sacramento, many of which result in serious injuries or fatalities. In a busy city where motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians abound, it is not unusual to hear police traveling to an accident site. The top reasons accidents happen in Sacramento are:

  • Drunk drivers: Driving after consuming alcohol is a surefire way to cause an accident. Yet, this happens all the time. Impaired drivers lose their ability to drive safely and react quickly. 
  • Distracted drivers: Distracted driving has become the leading cause of accidents since drivers try to multitask instead of concentrating on the road. Even a momentary lapse in concentration can lead to a traffic collision. 
  • Aggressive driving: Drivers who are frustrated or angry often take it out on fellow motorists. Speeding, tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic are three types of risky motoring aggressive drivers exhibit. In the extreme, aggressive drivers deliberately cause accidents by running other cars off the road. 
  • Speeding: Driving above the speed limit or at a higher than safe speed in inclement weather can lead to a traffic collision. The biggest problem is that by increasing the speed, a driver will ultimately lose control over their vehicle. In addition, a vehicle moving at a higher than is reasonable speed will be unable to stop in time to avoid an accident. 
  • Running a red light: Drivers who run a red light are setting the stage for a traffic accident. A motorist legally proceeding through an intersection can be injured or killed by this sort of negligent driver.

How to Avoid a Traffic Accident

There are things a driver can do to avoid a traffic collision. Here are some of the most effective steps to take:

  • Scan the road ahead: It behooves a driver to not only concentrate on the road immediately ahead of them but to scan adjacent areas as well. Looking for potential slowdowns in traffic is a good idea when trying to avoid a traffic collision.
  • Stay out of the fast lane: It is best to avoid the fast lane if possible. This is where the majority of accidents occur. 
  • Keep your hands on the wheel: It is best to drive with both hands on the wheel, one in the three o’clock position and one at nine o’clock. This helps a driver to control the car.
  • Beware of blind spots: Every car has its blind spots. Be aware of them and make sure to physically turn and check the road rather than relying exclusively on the mirrors.
  • Be comfortable: A driver should always check their mirrors and seating position before starting out. This also gives you greater control over your vehicle. 
  • Make sure your car is in good shape: Taking to the road without checking your tires and brakes can lead to an accident. Defective tires or brakes can increase the risk of injuries or fatalities.

Investigating a Traffic Collision

Evidence is an essential element in a successful lawsuit against a negligent party. We send our investigators to the scene of the accident to gather data that will prove liability. They follow the following protocol:

  • The investigators talk to witnesses who saw the accident and can provide useful information.
  • They use accident reconstruction to determine how the accident occurred and who is liable for damages.
  • Our investigators obtain digital evidence of the collision from traffic surveillance cameras and nearby businesses. 
  • They review police reports for errors.

Auto Accident Lawyers in Sacramento

I am Ed Smith, and I am an experienced auto accident lawyer in Sacramento. If you would like my free and friendly advice, please call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. If it is easier for you, reach out to me by using my convenient online form.

I’ve helped Sacramentans obtain the compensation they deserve in all varieties of car accidents and other traumatic incidents.

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