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UPDATE: Michael Klassen Injured In Car Accident On Highway 46 Near Cholame “Y” Intersection In Shandon


Sep 1, 2019

Michael Klassen Shandon: Michael Klassen of Peddle Beach Injured In Car Accident On Highway 46 Near Cholame “Y” Intersection In Shandon

SHANDON, CALIFORNIA (September 1, 2019) – A 67-year-old man identified as Michael Klassen was injured in a car accident on Highway 46 near the Cholame Y intersection. 

California Highway Patrol  are saying that the accident took place around 7:30 a.m. One driver was attempting to pass a semi truck on Highway 56.

That driver realized he couldn’t pass the semi-truck and got back into his lane. But due to his speed he lost control of his vehicle and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Michael Klassen.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victim. Michael Klassen then had to be transported to the hospital. 

An investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing, but alcohol is not suspected to be a factor. 

Liability In Car Accidents

According to the IIHS, “There were 34,247 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2017 in which 37,133 deaths occurred. This resulted in 11.4 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.16 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. The fatality rate per 100,000 people ranged from 4.5 in the District of Columbia to 23. in Mississippi. The death rate per 100 million miles traveled ranged from 0.58 in Massachusetts to 1.80 in South Carolina.” There a are a number of factors associated with car accidents including: 

  • Speeding
  • Fatigue
  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Prescription drug use
  • Driver distraction

A number of head-on crashes occur when drivers lose control of their vehicles due to speeding. According to California Vehicle Code 22350,  “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

Any person that is injured in a head-on collision may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Michael Klassen as he continues to recover. There needs to be a thorough investigation into this accident for the sake of all of those involved. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a car accident with a negligent driver you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to fully recover. Whether you just have questions abut the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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