Traffic Collision Injures Elderly Woman
A traffic collision on Fulton Avenue injured an elderly woman on September 9. An ambulance was requested to transport the woman to the hospital. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the crash happened at 12:44 p.m. between Marconi and El Camino Avenues near Elvyra Way in the Arden Arcade section of the city. The traffic collision occurred between a blue Jeep and a sedan. The Jeep was blocking the number one lane.
Why Do Traffic Collisions Happen?
Approximately six million car accidents happen in the United States annually and 32,000 people die. There was an increase in numbers of fatal accidents in California in 2018. In the first half of 2018, there were 1,538 deaths, which represents an increase of 3 percent over that of 2017. In order to lower the number of wrongful deaths from happening on our roads, it is necessary to understand why they happen. Basically, there are a variety of reasons. Let’s delve into this, and look at some of the more common causes of traffic collisions.
- Distracted driving: This is quickly becoming the primary reason traffic collisions happen. This occurs for a variety of reasons, including using a cell phone, eating, or even applying makeup.
- Drunk driving: Drivers who drink prior to operating a motor vehicle are unable to drive safely. This is due to the loss of cognitive ability and judgment caused by drinking. Even though the fines and other consequences of drunk driving are steep, drivers continue to do it, leading to over 10,000 deaths every year.
- Speeding: This is the second most common reason accidents happen. It is the primary cause of fatalities in traffic collisions on high-speed highways and interstates. Speeding makes it more difficult to control a vehicle, and it takes longer to come to a stop. It is not only important to watch your speed but also to adjust it to match road conditions. For instance, driving at the speed limit may be perfectly safe in dry weather, but when inclement weather occurs, it is best to downgrade your speed to match the road conditions.
- Inclement weather: Aside from maintaining a reasonable speed in inclement weather, there are other things to watch out for. When the roads are wet, particularly in normally dry areas, the rain mixes with the oils on the road. This causes a vehicle’s tires to lose their grip and hydroplane across the surface. Another problem arises when the tires and brakes are not maintained. The stress of a wet road can push a poorly maintained auto part to the limit. It is prudent to drive at a speed that reduces the risk of driving in bad weather.
What an Attorney Can Do for You
Accidents can cause both physical and financial injury. A claim must be filed against the defendant in order to be compensated. The major hurdle is proving that the defendant was negligent. This is the responsibility of the injured party, and having a car accident lawyer on board can improve your chances of obtaining the damages you deserve. That is one reason we dispatch our investigative team to the scene of the traffic collision to gather evidence that might otherwise be lost or covered up. They interview witnesses, check for signs that implicate the at-fault driver, and review the police report for accuracy. The investigators also obtain video footage from traffic cameras or from security cameras on nearby businesses. We then turn this data over to our legal team who uses it to structure a strong case against the responsible party.
Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. A car accident can cause both financial and physical injury. I can help. Call me at (916) 921-6400 or at (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. You can also reach out to me online at my website, AutoAccident.com
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