One person died and five were seriously injured Wednesday in a big rig accident on Highway 99 in Modesto. At approximately 1:50 p.m., a big rig traveling south bound failed to slow for traffic ahead and struck a Nissan Frontier from behind, triggering a five vehicle chain reaction collision. The male driver of the Nissan Frontier was pronounced dead at the scene. His female passenger was taken to a local hospital with major injuries. Four people in other vehicles also sustained injuries.
Rear end collisions are the most common type of injury accident. Traveling at an unsafe speed or simply not paying attention are the most common causes. If the driver of a vehicle pays attention to traffic conditions, drives at a safe speed, and maintains a safe distance behind the vehicle ahead, these collisions are easily avoidable. In almost every situation, the vehicle that hits another vehicle from behind has violated California Vehicle Code §22350, and is legally responsible for causing the collision.
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