A fatal single-car accident on I-280 this week reminds us of the importance of taking necessary precautions while driving at a high speed. Unfortunately, even a split second distraction often results in a catastrophic accident that leaves friends and family members devastated.

A black car with a wrecked front end after an auto accident in San Franciso

A Tragic Crash in Menlo Park

The woman, whose name hasn’t been released by investigators, was driving her white Toyota Tundra when, for unknown reasons, she drove up an embankment on the right side of the highway. Her vehicle struck a tree and fell back onto the interstate before coming to a rest. According to the California Highway Patrol, she died at the scene of the accident.

First responders closed the southbound lanes of I-280 to conduct an investigation and clean up the wreckage. By 6:30 p.m. the CHP reopened all of the lanes on the interstate.

How to Stay Safe While Driving

This tragic accident in Menlo Park shows that accidents don’t always involve crashing into another vehicle. Sometimes, unexpected turns or landforms result in a more devastating crash.

Fortunately, there are a few ways drivers can reduce the risk of an accident.

Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Even if you are driving safely, you might encounter some unexpected obstacles, including loose debris, construction zones, or even erratic drivers. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, distracted drivers have their eyes off of the road for an average of five seconds. That means the average distracted driver covers the length of a football field if traveling at 55mph. Make sure to keep your eyes on the road and avoid the temptation to text or fumble with the radio while in motion. 

Obey All Traffic Signals

Even if you are in a hurry, don’t be tempted to run a red light or stop sign. Slow down and check for oncoming traffic before crossing an intersection. In addition, make sure you use your turn signal when you decide to switch lanes or make a turn. This helps other drivers react quicker to your movements and avoid a collision.

Drive Defensively

Assume other motorists won’t obey traffic signals. Even if you have the right of way, check and make sure that other drivers are following traffic signals. This helps you avoid collisions with drivers who are distracted or reckless.

Injured in an Accident? Call GJEL Accident Attorneys Today

While accidents happen every day, you deserve compensation if you sustain an injury due to a negligent driver. At GJEL, our Northern California car accident attorneys have over 40 years of experience and an undisputed track record of success. With $950 million recovered, we know what it takes to get you the money and peace of mind you deserve. 

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