A tragic car accident resulted in the death of two teenagers in Antelope. According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, law enforcement officers responded to a speeding accident in Sacramento County near Northam Drive and Elverta Road. The accident happened at about 1:00 a.m. on September 22, 2020.
Reports show that an 18-year-old driver was speeding along Elverta Road with an 18-year-old passenger in the vehicle when the driver hit a tree. The speeding accident caused the vehicle to spin around. The car struck another tree. The accident ejected both the driver and the passenger from the vehicle.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department pronounced both teenagers dead at the accident scene. Emergency responders closed the road during the investigation. Witnesses claim that the accident involved alcohol, but police officers did not confirm that statement. The accident remained under investigation at the time of the news report.
A Speeding Accident is Deadly for Everyone
Speeding accidents are deadly for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the chance of life-threatening and debilitating conditions increases in an accident. If a person survives a crash at a high rate of speed, the person may sustain permanent disabilities such as loss of limbs, paralysis, and brain damage.
Common injuries in a speeding accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones and fractures
- Neck and back injuries
Victims of an accident might require ongoing medical care and personal care. Their quality of life might severely decline because of their injuries and impairments. Mental trauma, emotional distress, and physical pain can cause significant suffering. Additionally, victims incur substantial financial losses, including loss of income and medical bills.
Causes of Accidents Involving High Speeds
Alcohol impairment and drug impairment are common causes of high-speed accidents. The alcohol or drugs impair the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle and the driver’s judgment. Another common cause of high-speed accidents is distractions. A distracted driver may not pay enough attention to the speed of the vehicle. The combination of distraction and speed can be deadly.
When a driver causes a speeding accident, the driver is liable for the damages caused by the accident. Passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists can sue the driver for damages including:
- Past and future medical expenses and bills
- Past and future loss of wages, salaries, benefits, and other income
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental trauma and emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life and reduced quality of life
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to the crash, your injuries, and your recovery
The value of injury claims depends on numerous factors, including the severity and type of injury and the amount of financial losses. A Sacramento accident attorney can help you maximize the value of your personal injury claim to increase the chance that you receive the money you deserve after a speeding driver caused your injury.
Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney for Help
Speeding accidents can turn a victim’s life upside down. If a speeding driver caused your injuries, our legal team can help you pursue a claim for damages.
If you have questions or want to discuss your claim with an attorney, call (916) 999-9000 now for a free consultation with one of our Sacramento speeding accident lawyer.