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Chico accident causes 2 vehicles to crash into fence near Highway 99

CHICO, CA (May 19, 2022) – Two vehicles crashed onto the Wittmeier Auto Center car lot fence along Highway 99. The accident occurred Monday just before noon in the northbound lanes of Highway 99.

A Subaru SUV collided with a Volkswagen minivan off Highway 99 when a man in his 60s driving the Volkswagen failed to see the SUV in his blind spot as he merged onto the northbound side of Highway 99.

A woman in her 50s was driving the Subaru SUV and had her 18-year-old child with her, who reported that their vehicle had tumbled over twice before landing on its side on the embankment near the highway.

Chico Fire Department officials arrived at the scene and extricated the victims and helped EMS treat their injuries at the scene.

There is no word on the extent of the injuries of all the passengers and drivers involved, nor are their identities known at this time.

Liability In Chico Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Chico Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our well wishes to the victims in this accident and hope for a speedy recovery. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Chico car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.


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