• An SUV made an unsafe lane change on I-80 and slammed into a Honda sedan.
• The Honda crashed into the center divider and flipped over the wall.
• Three passengers in the Honda were hospitalized with major injuries.
California Highway Patrol officials said the driver of a 2009 Toyota Highlander made an unsafe lane change and crashed into a 1992 Honda Prelude.
The impact caused the driver of the Honda to lose control of the vehicle and it slammed into the center divider, the CHP said. The car flipped over the wall, partially ejecting one of the passengers.
The driver of the Honda suffered minor injuries, but all three passengers in that vehicle sustained major injuries and were hospitalized at Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo. The three men were from Richmond. Their names were not immediately released.
The driver of the Toyota SUV and a third vehicle involved in the accident were not injured.
Aggressive Driving: Unsafe Lane Changes Cause Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” Speeding, improper lane changing, tailgating and improper passing all are examples of aggressive driving, according to the NHTSA.
In California, unsafe lane changes are among the top six causes of car accidents, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.