Sacramento Major Accident Involves Seven Vehicles


Multiple Vehicles Involved in Accident on Watt Avenue Off-Ramp 

A major accident in Sacramento on March 19 caused at least one serious injury. The collision occurred along westbound U.S. 50 at the Watt Avenue off-ramp around 6:19 p.m. and involved seven vehicles. The off-ramp was completely blocked and one vehicle was on fire, according to the accident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP)

Bystanders Help to Put Out Vehicle Fire

One of the people who called in the accident to the CHP was trying to help get parties out of their vehicles. Vehicles involved in the major accident included two Toyota Priuses, a van, a BMW, a pickup and others. People out of their vehicles were using water jugs to throw on the vehicle that was on fire.  

At Least One Person Hospitalized After Major Off-Ramp Accident

The roadway was cleared around 7:43 p.m. Medics with the Sacramento Fire Department assessed injuries to those involved and transported at least one patient to a hospital with a major injury. The incident is under investigation by the CHP to determine its cause.

Ramps at Highway Entrances and Exits Are Dangerous

Many major injury accidents occur on highway exit or entrance ramps. Here are some factors contributing to ramp accidents:

  • An accident can occur if traffic signs are poorly placed or don’t give motorists enough time to reach the ramp. The driver may not be able to move over quickly enough, which can lead to a serious accident. A government entity may be held liable for injuries when the ramp design or poor maintenance causes a collision.
  • Accidents can occur due to the ramp design. A wide variety of problems can occur, including too-short curves, narrow lanes and an inadequate lead-in for highway exits and entrances.
  • While on a ramp, some drivers change lanes, which is risky, as it can result in a side-swipe accident.
  • A major accident caused by speeding drivers often occurs on ramps.
  • A distracted driver who is texting or not paying attention to the traffic can cause a major accident.
  • Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs is dangerous anywhere on the road. These are the types of drivers who often enter freeways going the wrong way, which can lead to serious crashes.
  • Overtired motorists are as dangerous as intoxicated drivers. A fatigued driver may also not be able to maintain their lane or even fall asleep behind the wheel.

Obtaining Compensation Following a Major Accident Injury

Injured clients can hire an accident injury attorney to investigate the cause of and collect the evidence to support a compensation claim for damages. Our firm has handled countless cases of this nature and ensured that clients received compensation which can include the following:

  • Medical expenses: In addition to ambulance and physician bills, hospitalization, surgeries, tests and rehabilitation costs, you can recover all of those medical expenses caused by your accident. Expenses resulting from a longer-term injury will be included in your settlement.
  • You can recover your losses from being unable to work. As well as your salary, you also receive the recovery of benefits like insurance, pensions, tips and bonuses. Your injury may prevent you from returning to your old job or force you to accept a less desirable position. The difference in wages is recoverable.
  • Compensation is provided for pain and suffering. You may have also suffered emotional and psychological harm as well as loss of consortium, which is assigned a monetary value.

Sacramento Auto Accident Attorneys

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. When multiple vehicles are involved in a traffic accident and injuries occur, the injured party may want to file a claim to recover compensation. You are welcome to contact our injury lawyers for compassionate, free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400. We can also be reached either online or at (800) 404-5400. We can set up a free review of your case, answer any questions you have and let you know about ways you can recover compensation.

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