Accident on Interstate Off-Ramp Causes Minor Injuries
A two-vehicle crash north of Woodland caused minor injuries on May 13. The accident occurred along northbound I-5 at the northbound State Route 16 off-ramp around 6:38 in the morning. The accident report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the collision involved a Tesla and Chevy pickup and blocked lanes one and two on the off-ramp.
Authorities to Determine Fault in Two-Vehicle Crash
The front end of the Tesla was completely destroyed in the collision, and the pickup exited the roadway. An investigation is underway by the CHP to determine the cause of the collision and to assign fault.
Factors Contributing to a Two-Vehicle Crash
An accident involving two vehicles can happen for a variety of reasons, but driver error is usually the culprit. When this happens, the driver is probably legally liable for any injuries that occur in the crash. A number of causes can contribute to a two-vehicle collision, and an injury lawyer can assist you in recovering compensation. Some of these causes include:
- Tailgating: The practice of tailgating is dangerous at all times, but it becomes even more perilous at highway speeds or in heavy traffic. A collision can occur when vehicles are unable to stop or require a longer stopping distance in bad weather or when driving too close to the car in front of you.
- Speeding: Speeding is a common cause of a two-vehicle crash because the driver cannot slow down enough or stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Auto product defects: A serious accident can result from mechanical problems such as worn brakes, defective tires, frozen steering, stuck accelerator and more. In the event of a collision, retaining the vehicle is important so that its mechanical condition can be diagnosed. The manufacturer may be liable for any injuries inflicted by the two-vehicle crash if a defect is found to have caused it by filing an auto product liability claim.
- Wear and tear on tires: Worn tires have difficulty gripping the road if they are underinflated. The driver may experience a blowout if the tires are too worn, leading to a two-vehicle accident. Proper tire pressure can help prevent these types of accidents.
- Adverse weather conditions: When wet pavement, rain, fog, snow or sleet are present, they can potentially cause a two-vehicle crash if drivers are not careful, especially when black ice is involved. Drivers who don’t slow down to accommodate bad weather conditions can easily cause an accident.
- Poor roadway maintenance: Two vehicles can collide due to a poorly maintained roadway. Potholes, missing or obscured signs, overgrown trees and shrubs and other issues can end up causing a collision. The government entity charged with roadway maintenance can be held responsible for injuries caused by an accident. However, since the time limit for filing a claim against a government entity is only six months, enlisting the help of an injury lawyer might be a good idea.
Our injury lawyers have handled many traffic collision injury claims successfully over the years. We not only investigate the cause of the accident to gather evidence that supports your claim, we also negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
We focus on getting our clients fair compensation, which will cover all of their medical costs, lost wages and reimburse them for their pain and suffering.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Woodland
I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Woodland personal injury lawyer. Injuries in an accident can end up leaving you with high medical bills, the inability to work and pain and suffering. If a negligent driver was the reason for your accident, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for all those losses. You are welcome to contact our injury lawyers for free and friendly advice about your case at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. We also offer an online contact form to message us.
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