A wave of storms hit the Bay Area in the past week, leaving a trail of damage in their wake. The storms lead to flood warnings, left thousands of Northern California residents without power and played a role in numerous car accidents.
The storms caused dangerous conditions on the roadways, as slick roads and gusty winds were blamed for multiple auto accidents. In one accident, two cars collided in a serious crash on the Peninsula on Highway 280. One person had to be extracted from the vehicle by firefighters. The other person died from injuries at the scene of the accident.
Strong winds also knocked over a semi truck on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge. The California Highway Patrol said there were no reports of injuries in the incident. Tow crews had to wait for the winds to settle down in order to recover the fallen truck. This caused lanes to be blocked for over five hours. The truck was later uprighted and removed from the bridge.
Two people also had to be transported to an area hospital when their car flipped on the freeway. The driver told police that he might have fallen asleep at the wheel, although it's been reported that the man and woman did not suffer any serious, life-threatening injuries.
The series of accidents from the latest storm should remind Bay Area drivers of the importance of driving carefully in bad weather conditions. However, not all accidents can be avoided and many accidents are not the fault of the victim. Anyone who has been involved in a car accident caused by another motorist's negligence may be entitled to damages for injuries sustained.
Source: KTVU, "Latest storm leaves trail of car crashes, power outages and flood warnings," Dec. 2, 2012