This morning, a serious collision occurred on Highway 65 near Wheatland in Placer County. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), the three car, head-on accident occurred after a woman driving southbound on Highway 65 crossed over the double yellow lines into incoming traffic. After the motorist crossed the double-yellow center line she struck an SUV head-on, which then spun out of control and was hit by a nearby pickup truck. The woman died at the scene, while the man in the SUV was airlifted to a nearby hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck were not injured. Both Directions of Highway 65 were closed as a result of the accident, reopening about two hours later.
Although it has not yet been determined what caused the driver to veer of course, California Highway Patrol has determined common causes of collisions. Alcohol, for example, was involved in about 90 fatal collisions in 2013. Placer County specifically, had 105 injuries and 4 fatalities involving alcohol and motor vehicles in 2013. Fatal collisions are also often caused by collisions with trucks. In 2013, 256 such fatalities occurred.
In California, drivers owe others on the road, including pedestrians and other vehicles, a duty to drive reasonably. The failure to drive reasonably, such as by failing to look out for obstacles or control the speed of the vehicle, may result in negligent driving. Contact a California personal injury attorney if you have recently been involved in a collision for a consultation regarding your legal rights.