Six people were injured in a California car accident after a rear-end collision, which triggered the chain-reaction crash involving three vehicles. According to a news report in the Union Democrat, the accident occurred the evening of August 26, 2010 on Highway 108 near Draper Mine Road. California Highway Patrol officials say 30-year-old Kathryn Wood was driving a 2000 Buick Century eastbound on the highway and was behind a 2006 Ford Escape driven by 55-year-old Mary Lamendola.
Wood rear-ended the Escape causing it to enter opposing lanes of traffic and into the path of a 2004 Buick Rendezvous, driven by 72-year-old Richard Green. All three drivers and three passengers in Green’s car were transported to a local hospital for treatment. However, their injuries are not life-threatening. Officials are apparently investigating conflicting statements from Wood and Lamendola.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 272 injuries involving car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Tuolumne County. Also, countywide, three people died and 342 sustained personal injuries as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that Wood may have triggered the crash by rear-ending Lamendola’s Ford Escape. It is also possible that Lamendola had slowed her car suddenly or braked without allowing sufficient time for the traffic behind her. At this point, it is not clear what the “contradicting statements” in this case are. I trust officials are looking into whether any of the drivers involved was impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time.
Rear-end accidents are often caused by drivers following too closely behind another vehicle or by distracted drivers. California Vehicle Code Section 21703 states: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” California Vehicle Code Section 21704 also states that the driver “shall keep the vehicle he is driving at a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear of any other motor vehicle subject to such speed restriction which is preceding it.”
Victims’ Claim for Compensation
In such cases where negligence may be involved, injured victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and make sure that the at-fault parties are held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
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