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Common Causes of a Sacramento Car Accident

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Officials investigate the scene of a multiple vehicle accident where 6 people were killed on the westbound Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif. on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2013. Authorities say a wrong-way driver caused the pre-dawn crash that left six people dead. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune,Watchara Phomicinda) MAGS OUT, NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT

There are multiple variables that can cause car accidents. Unfortunately, negligent drivers and motorists are a top cause. The following factors contribute to the highest number of car accidents in Sacramento:

  1. Following Too Close 
    California Motor Vehicle Code (CVC) 21703 (a) requires you to follow the vehicle in front of you at a distance that allows you to stop, no matter how quickly that vehicle stops. A safe distance for following another vehicle varies depending on various factors including vehicle speed, weather, visibility and other road conditions. However, the three-second rule may help you judge this distance: if the vehicle in front of you passes an object, there should be a three second period before you pass that same object. Driving too closely behind another vehicle, or tailgating, eliminates the safe distance needed to avoid an accident. Motorists who are complacent and do not allow for sufficient stopping distances can cause rear-end collisions.
  2. Failing to Obey Traffic Laws 
    Behaviors that can cause serious car accidents include making illegal U-turns, failing to stop at stop signs or stop for red signal lights. California law doubles the fine for red light violations.
  3. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI) 
    In the recent year, drunk driving fatalities represent approximately 29% of all total traffic deaths. Not only is this astonishing but also unacceptable. On September 28, 2015, Governor Brown approved a bill requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers in four counties in California – Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare.
  4. Speeding
    Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents in California. Driving in excess of the posted speed limit, or at any unsafe speed, reduces reaction time. Speed increases the likelihood that a crash will be catastrophic or fatal.
  5. Left Turns
    The most common cause of car accidents, after rear-end collisions, is the failure of a motorist turning left to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. According to CVC 21801 (a), a driver must continue to yield the right-of-way to approaching vehicles until the turn can be made with reasonable safety.

Consequences of a car accident in Sacramento 

A car accident can result in irreparable damage or loss. Car accident injuries can include:

If the other driver/motorist is found at-fault, injured victims can seek compensation for accident related damages including:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent injury
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of consortium
  • Death

Call Our Sacramento Car Accident Attorneys | Free Case Evaluation

If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a car accident, caused by another party’s negligence, you should contact our Sacramento Car Accident Attorneys to help protect your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for accident-related expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us at 888-997-5170 for a free case consultation. You can focus on your recovery, and we will focus on your case.

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