On August 11, an SUV impacted a Honda sedan on North 16th Street, causing the car to flip sideways onto the sidewalk, collide with a parking lot gate, and slam into a pedestrian crossing signal.
The Honda was severely damaged, and its four occupants, including a two-year-old boy, were taken to U.C. Davis Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash, which occurred just before 4:00 pm, caused major outbound traffic congestion as downtown commuters headed toward Highway 160 after work.
The 19-year-old driver of the SUV fled the scene immediately after the collision, but she was arrested a few hours later for assault with a deadly weapon. The crash may have been an intentional act of aggression or road rage.
One of the passengers in the Honda reportedly told an eyewitness that she believes the collision was not an accident, because the SUV driver had gone to her house before and flattened her tires. The police have not confirmed any past animosity between the SUV driver and the people in the Honda, but police did say that they know each other.
An eyewitness also relayed that an officer at the scene stated that, because the toddler was secured in the correct type of car seat, he likely avoided more serious injuries.
While it has not yet been confirmed if this accident was caused by road rage, we know that angry, retaliatory behavior while behind the wheel can be dangerous. Road rage increases the likelihood of an accident, similar to reckless driving, distracted driving, speeding and drowsy driving.
If you have been injured in any of these types of car accidents, contact the Sacramento car accident lawyers at The Arnold Law Firm for a free consultation. If you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, or other bills, a personal injury attorney from our firm will work to help you get the maximum compensation.