California is the home to the end (or the beginning) of three major Interstate highways that run throughout the United States from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. California’s many attractions – from its sunny beaches and majestic redwoods to Hollywood, SeaWorld, and Alcatraz – make the state a tourist haven and a destination for hundreds of thousands of vacationers each year. The heavy congestion that occurs on the roads is one factor that creates great potential for auto collisions in California. If you have been injured, a Sacramento car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty is here to help you.
Hotspots for car accidents in Sacramento
According to the 5 Percent Report published by Caltrans that lists areas in California with the highest auto accident rates, Sacramento is second only to Los Angeles, with over one hundred accident hot spots. While some residents blame this rating on drunk drivers and careless youth, others blame the city infrastructure for the frequency of auto accidents in Sacramento.
Watt Avenue is an especially accident-prone zone in Sacramento. Car accidents in this hotspot often result from poor traffic flow and heavy congestion due to mall driveways, truck traffic, and a 40 mph speed limit. City officials have tried to address this hotspot by such measures as widening roads, only to be met with resistance from residents who oppose the transition to what they believe could result in a busy freeway in their backyard.
Another hotspot for Sacramento auto accidents is Highway 99, nicknamed Blood Alley. The inconsistency of roadway widths, lack of traffic lights, sweeping curves, frequent cross-streets and left-turn lanes make this highway a common site for impatient drivers to try to bypass traffic using the oncoming traffic lane. Such negligent actions disregard driving laws set in place to avoid accidents and could easily result in auto collisions and even fatalities.
While negligence committed on the road may be a violation of the law, the more daunting of consequences pertaining to risky driving involves the danger posed on the lives of people. Following certain rules and precautions on the road may seem to be common sense, but by abiding by them, situations may be avoided that might cause significant damage. Always obey all traffic signs, traffic directions, and speed limits.
Never get behind the wheel if you are heavily fatigued or under the influence of any substance, legal or illegal, that may impair your judgment.
Car accident lawyers in Sacramento
Some accidents are inevitable even when all the proper precautions have been taken. If you have abided by safe driving rules and have been injured, Sacramento car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty are here to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation in regards to cases stemming from Sacramento car accidents. We can help you to identify the cause of your accident and determine whether you are entitled to compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered.