On Jan. 11, 2017, a 29-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle near Lompoc at just before 6:30 a.m. According to the California Highway Patrol report, the woman was traveling northwards on Highway 1 and caused a domino effect that resulted in multiple wrecks.
The reasons that the woman lost control of her vehicle, a Dodge Magnum, are unknown, but it resulted in the vehicle blocking northbound lanes on Highway 1. Sometime afterwards, a man who was traveling north on the highway, was unable to prevent his Toyota Camry from crashing into the woman's vehicle. A GMC Yukon driven by a 41-year-old woman was also traveling north on the highway. She was also unable to avoid the wreck and collided with the Dodge.
The force of the second crash sent the GMC Yukon across the center divider into the southbound lane of traffic. It moved directly in the path of a Toyota 4Runner operated by a 34-year-old-man.
As the GMC Yukon continued moving against the traffic in the southbound lane, it struck a silver Honda Civic head-on. Immediately after these collisions, a Dodge Charger collided with the back end of a tan Honda Civic. The highway was closed for less than an hour so that the injured could be treated and the highway cleared of obstructions. Three motorists were taken to the hospital for their injuries.
People who have been injured in accidents caused by negligent drivers may want to have an attorney's help in seeking compensation for their losses. Even if bad weather is suspected of being a factor, a motorist who was driving too fast for the prevailing road and weather conditions could be deemed negligent in some cases.