Two Car Crash Leaves One Driver Critically Injured in Citrus Heights
A person was left critically injured in a Citrus Heights car accident after a red convertible heading south on Auburn Boulevard collided with a silver sedan going north as the driver of the sedan made a left turn at Rusch Park. According to a KCRA news report, the injury collision occurred on May 27th at 10:45 a.m. on Auburn just north of Antelope Road. The driver of the sedan was not injured. However, the driver of the convertible remains hospitalized, listed in critical condition. According to the Citrus Heights Police Department, the red convertible left the road, slammed into a concrete pillar and entered the park. The vehicle overturned and came to rest upside down. Officers at the scene said witnesses flipped the car back onto its wheels and tried to assist the injured driver.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim of this collision. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 378 fatalities and injuries were reported in 2012 as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Citrus Heights. In Sacramento County as a whole, 9,152 fatalities and injuries were reported that same year from vehicle collisions.
What Caused this Collision?
Based on the news report, it appears the driver of the silver sedan turned in front of or into the driver of the red convertible as that car was heading southbound on Auburn Boulevard. The specifics are not clear from the report, however, and there are many unanswered questions. Was the driver distracted? Talking or texting on a cell phone? Reckless or inattentive? Were drugs or alcohol involved? Was there a mechanical problem with the vehicle that contributed to the crash? Was the other vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed? Surely, officials will ask these questions and others to determine precisely what happened and why.
Victims’ Legal Rights
If the driver of the sedan is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including hospitalization, continuing medical expenses, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, permanent injury, lost wages and emotional distress. Additionally, spouses can seek recovery for loss of companionship and in those tragic circumstances where the injured victim dies, families can bring a wrongful death claim to recover certain losses. It’s always advisable for victims to contact an experienced Citrus Heights personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the investigation and protect their legal rights and interests.