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Two-Vehicle Crash Reported in Arden-Arcade

Accident on El Camino Avenue Results in Injury

A two-vehicle crash in Sacramento on February 26 resulted in medics being called to the scene. The accident occurred around 2:08 p.m. along El Camino Avenue at Morris Avenue in the Arden-Arcade area. Officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that a Toyota Prius and a recreation vehicle were involved in the crash. 

Cause of Two-Vehicle Collision Being Investigated

Medics with the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the scene to assess injuries after one of the parties involved in the collision complained of chest pain. The accident is being investigated to determine which of the drivers caused the collision.

Chest Injuries in a Two-Vehicle Crash

There are a number of ways that chest injuries can occur in a crash involving two vehicles. If the driver or passenger is not wearing a seat belt, their upper body can collide with the steering wheel or dash. If the impact of the collision is violent, they can be thrown around inside the vehicle, where the person’s chest can impact metal inside the car. 

Defective Auto Parts Can Cause Injuries in a Two-Vehicle Crash

Airbags inside the vehicle can be defective and not deploy as they should in a two-vehicle crash. In addition, some defective airbags have been known to throw shrapnel at the occupants inside, such as those made by Takata, which used ammonium nitrate with dangerous force. Seat belts that are defective can also lead to chest injuries if the belt or buckle lets go, providing no protection to those inside. 

Responsibilities of Manufacturers

Manufacturers are required to produce safe products that do the job for which they were intended. When defects are present, and because of them, injuries occur, the manufacturer, parts producer, and others in the manufacturing line may be held liable. Your lawyer can help by filing an auto products liability lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In California, negligence does not have to be proven, only that the defective product was unaltered and used in the manner in which it was intended.

Causes of a Two-Vehicle Crash

Accidents involving two vehicles are common occurrences at intersections and elsewhere. Negligence by one of the motorists is usually the culprit. The driver may have been:

  • Speeding is a common problem that results in a collision. The speeding driver cannot stop in time to avoid a two-vehicle accident and may even lose control of their car.
  • Distracted driving is the number one reason for a traffic collision. A motorist who is driving while texting, changing a radio station, or performing an activity other than concentrating on the surrounding traffic can easily cause a crash.
  • Fatigued driving contributes to a rising number of accidents as more people work multiple jobs and longer hours. Fatigued driving may occur due to working at changing shifts, staying up late at night, or for many other reasons. Studies have shown that a fatigued driver has many of the same deficits as someone who has been drinking and can either fall asleep at the wheel or drift out of their lane.
  • Drunk driving is still a major cause of a two-vehicle crash. The drunk driver cannot focus on the road ahead or stay in their own lane. Their speed is erratic and judgment clouded. This makes them a major threat to others using the roadway.

Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, and I’m a Sacramento car accident lawyer. When your traffic accident injuries occurred due to a negligent driver, you are welcome to call us to find out if you can place a compensation claim. Reach out to us for our free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400. You can also contact us at (800) 404-5400 or by sending us an online message.

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