Two Die in Alameda Pickup Crash
I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Berkeley car accident lawyer. A serious accident in Alameda on Memorial Day caused two fatalities and the hospitalization of six other people. The Alameda Police Department reported that five crash victims suffered injuries that were considered critical.
The crash occurred at Lincoln Avenue and Park Street around 8:00 in the morning when a large pickup truck with seven people inside collided with a minivan with one person inside. The truck was reported to have severe damage from a rollover.
Result of the Collision
A 17-year-old female from Hayward riding inside the truck at the time of the crash was pronounced dead at the accident site. Another passenger in the vehicle, a male from Union City, also 17, was taken to an area hospital where he also died. The other crash victims from the truck are being treated in area hospitals. The woman driving the minivan was also injured in the crash. Her injuries were described as non-life threatening. She was also taken to a hospital nearby for treatment.
The accident is currently being investigated by a team from the Alameda Police Department. A representative of the APD reported that speed might have contributed to the crash.
Common Reasons for Accidents
Driver error is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. Disobeying traffic laws, distracted driving and driving while impaired all contribute to crashes. Rollovers caused 32.5 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014, according to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pickup trucks represented the second highest number of fatalities in rollovers, following utility trucks. Excessive speed also contributes to a large percentage of road fatalities. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that drivers who were traveling at 55 mph or faster when involved in a crash represented 48 percent of all fatalities.
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