The News10.net report said the collisions took place in the eastbound lanes of Highway 50, near Watt Avenue. Initial reports indicate a Toyota 4Runner SUV containing at least two people crashed into an unoccupied Caltrans truck. The Caltrans employee was outside the vehicle, working on the highway at the time of the initial collision.
The impact of this collision drove the Caltrans truck into the center divide. At some stage, and police are still unclear how this happened, a pickup truck also became involved in the collision and overturned. The SUV came to a rest in the far left lane.
Emergency personnel discovered that the two occupants of the SUV had suffered potentially severe injuries. They were rushed to a local hospital. One of the occupants of the pickup truck was also taken to the hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. The Caltrans employee was shaken up by the entire incident but did not otherwise appear to have suffered any injuries.
It’s impossible to tell at this stage who was responsible, in whole or in part, for causing this Sacramento accident. The police report may provide some of the information needed to determine who was at fault. However, follow-up investigation is often necessary to get all of the relevant details. Sometimes, the CHP traffic collision report will help determine who was at fault based on witness statements and the physical evidence at the scene of the collision. However, further investigation, including accident reconstruction, is sometimes necessary to get to the bottom of which driver was entirely or mostly at fault
Injured victims of car accidents always have to deal with a number of issues following each car crash. It is very important to seek medical attention immediately. You always have to get documentation of your treatment and prognosis as soon as you can. Seek follow-up attention to eliminate the risk of subtle injuries that go unnoticed. Talk to your insurer as required, but don’t discuss potential accident causes. Consult with your lawyer first. Do not talk to any other insurance companies, and do not settle out of court without first seeking legal advice.
Anyone seriously injured in a Sacrament car accident has a number of serious issues to deal with after a collision like this. First, the legal responsibility for the collision must be determined. Sometimes that requires investigation beyond what is contained in the police report. Second, the medical bills must be paid. Even if there is health insurance to pay for the bills initially, the health insurance company will likely seek reimbursement from any liability insurance recovery. That means that the health insurance company will be competing for money that otherwise would go to the injured victim. Third, when multiple people are injured in a crash, they will often be competing for a proportional share of a limited amount of insurance money. Lastly, insurance companies will do whatever they can to avoid paying fair compensation for not only medical bills, but lost income and pain and suffering as well.
Because of these and many other issues, injury victims involved in an injury accident like this one are strongly urged to consult with an experienced Sacramento personal injury attorney who will make sure that your rights are protected and that you are dealt with fairly.
It is important to consult with a California personal injury lawyer quickly, since any claim against a public or governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. An experienced personal injury attorney will advise injury victims of their rights, including whether they are entitled to recover medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering as a result of the incident.