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Foggy Collision Kills 5

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015    

According to the California Highway Patrol, five men were killed in a collision that occurred recently during severe fog near Stockton. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 4 and Van Allen Road when a van carrying six people was broadsided by a pickup truck.

Volunteer firefighters from Farmington were the first to arrive at the accident scene. Workers from nearby farms also saw the accident and came to help. One witness said that he helped firefighters speak with a dazed and injured survivor in the van, a man who spoke only Spanish.

Of those involved in the accident, only three survived, including the two individuals in the pickup truck and one passenger from the van. The victims were not immediately identified, though the Sacramento Mexican Consulate has confirmed that at least some of them were Mexican nationals.

According to California Highway Patrol officers, poor visibility at dawn was partly to blame for the accident. California Highway Patrol Officer James Smith stated that “If there had been more visibility, the drivers may have seen each other sooner…They could have slowed down, which would have produced less injury. Or they might have completely avoided the collision.”

California Highway Patrol has concluded that at the time of the crash, visibility was about 100 to 200 feet. Police do not know if the van stopped at the stop sign on Van Allen Road before attempting to cross Highway 4. The van’s driver was wearing his seatbelt, but the other passengers were not.

Poor Weather Conditions Can Lead To Fatal Accidents

Many people believe that poor weather conditions excuse a driver from being liable for the damages caused by an accident. However, this is not necessarily true. Insurance companies often try to deny a claim by saying that the accident was unavoidable and was not the result of negligence; however, that does not mean that the victim cannot collect compensation for injuries.

Common examples of driver negligence in poor weather conditions include:

  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
  • Taking a turn too quickly
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Failure to use windshield wipers
  • Failure to use headlights

A personal injury attorney can help you find ways to show that negligence was a contributing factor to your accident, not just poor weather conditions. Experienced personal injury attorneys, like those at Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento, investigate the specific circumstances of your accident and uncover any evidence of negligence if it exists. They can then help you negotiate a settlement or even represent you in court if the need arises. Contact Amerio Law Firm today to discuss your case.

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