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Modesto, CA - Serious Injuries Reported in Five-Car Crash on Hwy 99 at Tuolumne River

Modesto, CA (March 15, 2021) – A pregnant woman sustained major injuries on Sunday afternoon in Modesto when her SUV flew off a freeway in a crash caused by a suspected street racer, troopers with the California Highway Patrol said.

The woman and her two children, ages 6 and 1, were injured after their car plunged to the road 25 feet below. The incident occurred shortly before 4:00 p.m. on northbound Highway 99 in an area just before the Tuolumne River Bridge. The CHP said that three cars were driving roughly side by side in the three northbound lanes, including a Chevrolet Traverse SUV, a Toyota, and a Nissan. At that time, an Infiniti and a BMW overtook the vehicles at high speed.

The Infiniti’s driver tried to thread between the Toyota and the Nissan and ended up hitting both of them, the CHP told the Modesto Bee. The Toyota was pushed into the SUV at its left, causing it to veer off the right side of the road and down an embankment. It rolled at least once and crashed through a fence before landing on Zeff Road.

The drivers of the Toyota, the Nissan, and the Infiniti stopped on Highway 99, but the BMW’s driver fled the scene.

The SUV’s driver, identified only as a 25-year-old Merced woman, suffered fractures of her arms, ribs, and neck. First responders did not say whether the individuals traveling in the other vehicles were injured.

A spokesman for the CHP said that the accident is being considered a racing situation, though the investigation continues.

Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Car Accidents in the Bay Area

Modesto, CA - Serious Injuries Reported in Five-Car Crash on Hwy 99 at Tuolumne River

Authorities with the California Department of Transportation said that 35,000 traffic accidents resulted in fatalities, major injuries, or minor injuries on Bay Area roadways over the last several years. As a result, thousands of lives are lost every year on California's highways, major thoroughfares connecting large city centers, local streets, and beyond.

Serious car accidents causing injuries or even fatalities are an unfortunately common part of life in California. When multiple victims are injured in an accident, they may have to deal with other drivers' insurance companies, long-term physical pain, and expensive hospital bills. Occasionally, as a result of these incidents, victims succumb to their injuries, leaving their grieving families to cope with emotional trauma and financial difficulties as a result of another driver's negligence.

But the victims and their families affected by these wrecks can seek help from a Bay Area injury attorney. A skilled attorney in California can help victims seek justice and the fair compensation they deserve after suffering in an accident that occurred through no fault of their own.

Gene Halavanau at Halavanau Law Office strives to help victims and their families in their time of need. At Halavanau Law Office in San Francisco, our team can help you collect the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries and losses. Victims and their families should never be forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars of their own money on medical treatment, especially if their injuries resulted from an accident caused by the careless, reckless, negligent, or intentional actions of another party.

Our team at Halavanau will gladly review the facts of your case and tailor our advice to match the specific needs of your case. We have years of experience when it comes to fighting for victims and their families. If you've been involved in a crash caused by the negligent actions of another driver, contact our accident attorneys in the Bay Area today at (415) 692-5301 or Halavanau.com to schedule your consultation.

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Disclaimers: The purpose of this accident news post is to bring awareness to drivers in and around the Bay area about what they should do if they are involved in an injury accident. We hope that readers will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle to avoid being involved in a serious accident. This news post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post should be considered medical or legal advice. Make sure to talk to a qualified personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own. The picture used in this post is not from this accident scene.

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