A collision between an SUV and a bicyclist occurred on Thursday, October 23 in Sacramento, killing the bicyclist, the driver, and the passenger. According to the CHP, a 53-year-old cyclist was riding her bike against the traffic when a Chevrolet Tahoe hit the woman, throwing her about 100 feet and killing her instantly. Witnesses and the CHP investigation showed the SUV was speeding on southbound Howe when it suddenly veered into the northbound lane, striking the woman on the bicycle. The SUV then careened into a tree at Bellview Park and caught fire. The driver and his passenger were not wearing seatbelts.
The passenger that was killed in the crash was identified as 24-year-old Reness Pojol of Citrus Heights. The male driver was transported to an area hospital with major injuries but later died.
Alcohol was found inside the SUV and toxicology tests will be done on the driver to see if he was under the influence at the time of the crash. Speed is also suspected to be a factor in the crash, as the SUV was going at least 50 mph when it slammed into the tree.
Auto Accident Statistics
Each year, about 10 million accidents occur in the US and about 33,000 result in fatalities. Speeding and driving under the influence are just 2 of many factors that influence auto accidents. In the majority of these cases, accidents can be prevented by avoiding driver distraction, reckless driving, and negligent behavior. 21,394 drivers lost their lives in 2012 due to alcohol, and more than 10,000 occurred in speed-related crashes in 2012.
Tragic Injuries Generated by Vehicle Accidents
Automobile accidents can result in serious injuries that can affect a person’s life forever. Adequate medical treatment and long-term care are needed in many cases. Serious or catastrophic injuries consist of:
- spinal cord injuries
- traumatic brain injuries
- broken or crushed bones
- severe burns
- lost limbs
- wrongful death
Virtually every automobile accident case that my staff and I handle involves some aspect of injuries to the anatomy of the spinal cord and surrounding tissue. We recognize the severity of these accidents, and we work tirelessly to help our clients receive the just compensation for their damages.
Filing an Auto Accident Claim
It is important to take action immediately following the accident, as evidence can be lost and memories will fade.
For filing a claim, you will need to take the following steps:
- document the circumstances of the crash
- take photographs of your damages and the accident scene
- gather statements of possible witnesses and their contact details
- obtain a copy of the police report
You should not give any statements to the contending insurance company or sign any agreements!
Any statement or agreement signed can influence the amount of money you receive for your damages, and chances are you will end up with less than you are legally entitled to. My staff and I will analyze the circumstances of your case and will provide you with the contentment that all of the technicalities are being handled and that you will be fully compensated for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Auto Accidents Attorney In Elk Grove, California
Our firm recognizes the life-altering effects a car accident can have on a person and his or her entire family. As a result, I give my undivided attention to these cases and work tirelessly to resolve them fairly, either by settlement or trial.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact the Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm at 800.722.4176.