Using the highways may be sometimes be an efficient way to get from point A to point B, particularly because of the higher speed limits. But highways can just as often be dangerous. Those higher speeds, coupled with any number of factors, including poor weather conditions, driver distractions or even drunk driving, can turn an everyday trip into an accident resulting in serious injuries.
Recently, a Saturday afternoon drive turned deadly for one Hayward man. A rollover accident happened on I-80, involving at least one vehicle. Authorities indicated that another man was injured in the accident and taken to a local hospital for treatment, but that the extent of his injuries was not known.
Liability in a car accident is governed by the legal theory of negligence. Drivers are required to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, and a failure to meet this level of care may be found to be negligence. If a driver is found to be negligent, and that negligence is deemed to be cause of another's injuries, that driver could be liable. Negligence can take many forms, including speeding, failing to use turns signals and ignoring dangerous weather conditions. Drivers can also be liable for behavior such as drunk driving, which may be considered reckless conduct, or conduct undertaking with a clear disregard for the probability that such driving may cause an accident.
Accidents may also be caused by factors outside of a driver's actions, such as highways that are poorly or improperly maintained or poor or non-existent lighting or signage, or even defects in the vehicle itself. In these situations, the potential defendants could be any number of parties, such as the government entity that built or maintained the highway, or the manufacturer of the vehicle.
The cause of the accident and the number of vehicles involved is unclear. Two lanes of the highway were closed for several hours for investigation, but authorities have not indicated their findings.
Source: MercuryNews.com, "Richmond: One person killed in I-80 crash," Daniel M. Jimenez and Katie Nelson, Feb. 9, 2013
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