Vehicle Catches Fire Following Crash North of Davis
On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at least one person suffered serious injuries during a crash north of Davis. California Highway Patrol (CHP) states that the crash occurred at night on a local highway and involved just one car. The number of individuals who suffered injuries was not reported, but police did state that the involved vehicle caught fire as a result of the crash. A CHP investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
The accident occurred at around 7:01 p.m. on State Route 113 between Davis and Woodland. A vehicle was traveling northbound on the highway near the County Road 29 on-ramp when, for unknown reasons, the driver apparently lost control, and the car drove off the road and overturned, coming to a rest on the driver side in a nearby field. Sometime during the incident, the car caught fire, and flames reportedly spread to nearby vegetation.
According to CHP, multiple passersby stopped at the crash scene to render aid. After receiving calls from witnesses reporting the crash, CHP sent a response team and firefighters to the area. According to CHP traffic reports, officers arrived on-site at around 7:18 p.m. to discover that at least one occupant of the vehicle had sustained injuries. After determining that the individual(s) had been hurt, officers called for an ambulance.
Additionally, firefighters were reportedly able to quickly control the fire. At some point after the crash, a second, small fire started in the engine compartment of the vehicle, and officials were able to control this fire as well.
As they continue their collision investigation, officers with CHP haven’t said what, if any, factors they suspect might have played a role in this crash. Even solo-vehicle auto accidents can involve multiple causes, and investigations can be complicated. Additionally, a number of common vehicle accident causes aren’t controlled by drivers. Non-motorist collision factors can be things like driving a car with a defective part or using a highway that has severely damaged pavement or other dangerous hazards.
Liability and Rollover Auto Accidents
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Administration, rollover accidents are more likely than most types of crashes to result in a serious or fatal injury. There’s a number of factors that contribute to this, but one of the most important is roof crush injuries. Roof crush injuries happen when a car’s roof isn’t able to withstand an impact. When this happens, the vehicle’s manufacturer is often considered negligent for not ensuring the safety of their product.
However, you need to be able to prove that the car roof was unsafe in order to hold the company accountable. Because of this, you need to keep the wrecked car so that your attorney can use it as evidence for your case.
Other Blogs by Ed Smith, Davis Personal Injury Lawyer
- North Davis Auto Accident Leaves Pedestrian Injured
- Defining a Personal Injury Lawyer
- Two People Sustain Trauma in Fiery Davis Crash
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