Sebastian Ruiz Hurt in Oakdale Crash

6 Hurt in Head-On Collision on Highway 108/120

Two vehicles crashed head-on in Oakdale on Wednesday night, September 7th. 

Per CHP, a Chevrolet SUV driven by Catherine Velvetrose was traveling west before she drifted into the eastbound lanes. 

As a result, the vehicle collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Sebastian Ruiz, 20, of Sonora. 

Ruiz had to be extricated by paramedics and was airlifted to Doctors Medical Center with major injuries. 

Four other occupants of the Silverado suffered injuries. Three of them had major injuries and one was taken to Oak Valley Hospital with minor injuries. 

Their identities are being withheld at this time. 

Velvetrose also suffered minor injuries and was treated at Oak Valley Hospital. 

The accident remains under investigation.

Head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes. 

The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that: 

  • 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
  • They are most common on two-lane highways
  • Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
  • 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality

If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. 

It is also important to remember that in the state of California a person involved in a car accident who has sustained injuries has to file a claim within two years of the accident. 

If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.

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