Two children died in a devastating Yolo County car accident that ripped the vehicle in half after it hit a tree, according to California Highway Patrol reports. One of the children was about five years old while the other was a toddler; the two were brothers. The car was being driven by their mother, who was flown to UC Davis Medical Center after the crash. The car was left in two piece in a field near Clarksburg, and authorities are investigating the wreckage to determine what happened.
Alcohol and speed do not appear to have been a factor in the crash. However, the mother appears to have made no attempt to stop nor engaged in any defensive maneuvers prior to the impact. Witnesses have reported that they have had to swerve to avoid undulations in the road in the past. One witness called it an “uneven and rough road,” despite the fact that it is a state highway.
While farm workers heard the sound of the crash and rushed to the scene to report it, it is not clear if anyone saw the collision. The mother was awake and talking to officers while be transported to the hospital, and is expected to recover.
Defensive Maneuvers: What Do They Tell About A Crash?
One of the first things police officers look for at a crash site is evidence of defensive maneuvers on the part of the driver. Skid marks and other physical evidence can give information about what happened just prior to a crash.
When there are no skid marks or other evidence of defensive maneuvers, however, the problem of figuring out what happened becomes more complicated. There have certainly been cases in which a driver deliberately hit a tree or other object at a high rate of speed, but there have also been cases in which an accident happened so suddenly that the driver had no time to react. This is often the case in rollover crashes, where evidence shows that the driver had no time to even attempt to slam on the brakes.
An accident reconstruction expert may be called in to examine the scene. Accident reconstruction experts are able to look at the scene of an accident, study the evidence and give a professional opinion as to what caused the crash.
If you have been the victim of a car accident, it is important to protect your rights. This may involve asking for the help of an accident reconstruction expert. A personal injury attorney can help you decide if this is the right decision in your case and locate an expert to give a professional opinion on the cause of the accident.