October 29th, 2012|
October 29, 2012
The Record Searchlight reports a lawsuit will likely be filed against Shasta County for a car accident caused by a defective highway design that left two young girls seriously injured
The California Car Accident occurred March 16 at a bridge abutment along a highway in Cottonwood, California. Accident reports indicate the father of the two girls, ages 3 and 4, was driving while impaired and turned to check on his children in the backseat when he veered off the road and collided head-on with the concrete wall supporting the bridge above.
One of the young girls was permanently paralyzed from the waist down in the accident, while the other child suffered traumatic brain injuries that left her with vision issues and persistent headaches.
The lawsuit says that “substandard width lanes” required the county to install guardrails along the highway to prevent such an accident from occurring and that the accident would have been less severe had rails been in place. California Department of Transportation code calls for any bridge less than 60 feet wide to have guardrails running along the highway and a state trooper’s report of the accident says the bridge at the accident site is roughly 40 feet across.