California Highway Patrol officers said they were swamped with traffic accidents on June 24. There were from five to 10 times as many accidents as usual. Although it was a rainy day, the officers said slick roads alone were not responsible for the increase in . They placed the blame for most of it on drivers traveling at unsafe speeds for road conditions.

One of the accidents left four people hurt and sent them to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries. Firefighters said the injuries sustained were minor to moderate. The multiple vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer truck, a Dodge pickup truck and two other vehicles happened at 1:30 p.m. CHP officers said the pickup was traveling too fast for road conditions as it entered the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80. When it spun out of control on the slick roadway, it created a chain reaction collision with the other vehicles.

Three lanes were affected by the accident and closed for about an hour until authorities were able to clear them. There were also four goats in one of the vehicles. Animal control responded to the scene. CHP officers said that when people travel on slick roads at speeds that would be fine on dry roads, they often find their vehicle spinning out of control. They remind drivers that in order to avoid auto accidents when rain makes roads slippery, it is important to slow down and to leave more space between vehicles.

When a person sustains a personal injury in a motor vehicle accident, it can mean pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. A car accident lawyer might be able to help someone who is hurt to get compensation.

Source: Times-Herald, “Slick roads, fast speed cause accidents in Vallejo, elsewhere,” Irma Widjojo, June 25, 2013

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