Two Vehicle Collision Causes Rollover on Sacramento SR 99
I’m Ed Smith, a car accident lawyer in Sacramento. A two-vehicle collision on July 12 on California State Route 99 northbound in South Sacramento ended up with the need for emergency medical assistance. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the number one lane on SR 99 was shut down while the scene was investigated, a tow truck was called to remove one of the vehicles and medical personnel attended to at least one individual.
Details of the Crash
A report of the accident shows that it occurred shortly after 11:00 in the morning near the off-ramp for Simmerhorn Road in Galt when a Ford Explorer and PT Cruiser collided. The collision resulted in the Explorer overturning onto its driver’s side, while the PT Cruiser ended up going off the roadway and into a field. Tow trucks were required to assist with the vehicles. It is unknown at this time who was responsible for the collision.
Since intersections involve motor vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycle riders, and bicyclists, it isn’t surprising that this is where many accidents occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, intersection crashes are where 40 percent of all collisions occur, and this is only surpassed by rear-end collisions. The most common types of collisions are as follows:
- T-bone or side-impact collisions are often caused when a driver runs through a red light or stop sign.
- Head-on collisions happen when one vehicle is headed straight, and another vehicle turns in front of it. Not yielding the right of way causes this type of collision.
- Rear-end collisions commonly happen when a vehicle is stopped at a light or sign and the car that is behind doesn’t. This is usually caused by distracted driving but can be caused by a mechanical problem in a few cases.
- Sideswipes most often happen when vehicles are turning. In some cases, the driver may make the error of trying to switch lanes during a turn.
Rollovers often happen in vehicles that have a higher center of gravity than other cars. This includes trucks, buses, vans, and SUVs. Although a rollover can be caused by a collision itself, especially when it is broadside, driver inattention plays a big part in rollover accidents as well as speeding. Most rollover crashes happen when the driver of a vehicle loses control and either goes onto the soft shoulder of the road, hits gravel or overcorrection occurs.
Crushed Roofs Occur in Rollovers
Injuries in a rollover can be increased when the roof of the vehicle isn’t strong enough to support the weight and collapses. When a rollover occurs, the occupants of the vehicle might experience:
- Crush injuries: When the top of a vehicle collapses, it can cause crush injuries to the people inside, which includes traumatic brain injury. In some cases, a roof that collapses may be a manufacturing defect.
- Additional injuries: Because the vehicle is turning over, it can cause further injuries to those inside as they repeatedly strike against the car’s interior. This may include abdominal injuries, broken bones and spinal damage.
Car Accident Lawyer in Sacramento
I’m Ed Smith, a car accident lawyer in Sacramento. Intersection collisions and rollovers can both be caused by another driver’s negligent actions. If you were injured in an accident or your loved one was, my free and friendly advice might be helpful. I can be reached at (916) 921-6400 in the Sacramento area or (800) 404-5400 toll-free. I also have a contact form on my website for your convenience.
Throughout my 36-year career as an injury lawyer, I’ve helped many people in Northern California, as well as Sacramento, to get fair compensation for many types of accidents and in cases where a loved one was lost through a wrongful death.
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