Accident on SR 99 Injures Four in Two-Vehicle Accident
A two-vehicle accident in Sacramento on November 20 sent four people to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries shortly before 1:00 in the afternoon. The accident involved a Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Corolla, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report. It occurred along State Route 99 southbound at the east 47th Avenue exit ramp in the Lemon Hill area. Among those involved in the accident were a young adult female and a small child. Both of the vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Injured Parties Reported in the Two-Vehicle Accident
It was reported by police that four parties were transported to the UC Davis Medical Center for additional evaluation and treatment of their injuries. The CHP is investigating the accident to determine why it occurred.
Exit Ramp Accidents
Exit ramps are one of the most dangerous areas on the highway. Part of the problem is that vehicles leaving the highway take the ramp at too high a speed to navigate it safely. Trucks, in particular, have a hard time negotiating an exit ramp due to their weight and size, especially if the ramp was not designed to handle large vehicles. If the truck is moving at a higher speed than is safe, there is a good chance the big rig will jackknife. When this happens, there is an increased risk not only to the trucker but to every other driver in the vicinity.
Design of Exit Ramps
Unfortunately, many highways are not designed correctly, and two-vehicle accidents are common. If this occurs, an injured party can take not just the negligent trucker or driver to task but also the government agency in charge of approving design plans and even the construction company involved.
Government claims are different than other personal injury cases. For instance, the claim must be filed within six months of the accident. After that, the government agency has 45 days to respond. If the claim is denied, the plaintiff has another six months to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, if the claim is not denied or accepted within the 45-day limit, the claimant has two years to lodge a lawsuit.
Legal Advice After a Two-Vehicle Accident
Since any at-fault driver in an accident that results in injuries wants to avoid liability, they usually look to legal representation to avoid taking responsibility for their actions. This is one of the reasons it is so important to obtain the advice of a lawyer if you’ve been injured.
Proving that the at-fault party caused your injuries is necessary to have a viable claim for injury compensation. Over the years, our injury lawyers have successfully handled many such cases. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case, answer your questions, and tell you what options may be available to you.
Two-Vehicle Accident Investigations
Our experienced investigators are more than able to collect the evidence needed to support your injury claim. They begin by checking over the police report to ensure its accuracy and speaking to the witnesses to the crash. Afterward, they perform accident reconstruction, which is widely used by insurance companies and the courts. It shows the positioning of the vehicles and provides evidence that shows fault in the two-vehicle accident.
The investigators also look for road and traffic surveillance cameras that may have caught the accident on tape as it happened. Once the evidence is compiled, our injury lawyers can build a strong case for the benefit of our client’s claim.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento
I’m Ed Smith, and I am a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Ring me for my free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 in the Sacramento area or at (800) 404-5400 if you are phoning long-distance. A message form online is also available.
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