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Bug causes accident that injures two and blocks Highway 41

A car accident on Highway 41 left two cars with significant damage, two drivers with injuries and traffic backed up behind the crash scene as emergency crews responded.

The cause wasn’t drunk driving, texting, road rage or any of the other usual suspects. It was smaller. It was a bug that crawled by one of the drivers.

That driver was a 24-year-old man from Santa Clarita, in Southern California. He was behind the wheel of a Honda Civic at around 10 a.m. The man said that he spotted the bug in the car, got distracted as he tried to get rid of it and accidentally drove off of the road.

He then slammed into a rock. The Civic flipped. Coming the other direction was a pickup truck. The truck hit the upside-down Civic and then it swerved and drove off the road and down the embankment.

The driver of the Civic hurt his arm, and the man in the pickup broke his leg. It was a compound fracture. Emergency crews responded, blocked off lanes for about three hours, and then took both drivers to Community Regional Medical Center.

Distractions behind the wheel can have serious consequences. Even the smallest thing can cause a significant accident and put multiple people in the hospital. Drivers have a responsibility to stay in control of their vehicles, no matter what else happens in those vehicles.

When they’re unable to do this, even because of something as small as a bug, those who are injured in the resulting accidents may want to look into their rights to financial compensation.

Source: Fresno Bee, “Crash injures two men and snarls holiday traffic on Highway 41. A bug may be to blame,” Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, July 04, 2017

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