A passenger in a minivan was killed in a San Diego car accident after a speeding driver lost control, went into oncoming traffic lanes and struck the minivan. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal accident occurred the afternoon of March 7, 2010 on Wildcat Canyon Road, near Muth Valley Road. California Highway Patrol officials said the driver of a 2004 Ford F-150 was driving at a high rate of speed on a slick roadway, when he lost control and collided head-on with a Plymouth Voyager minivan. The Ford's driver and his son were uninjured. The driver of the minivan sustained moderate injuries while her 62-year-old passenger died. Officials believe that the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt.
My heart goes out to the deceased victim's family and friends for their devastating loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP's traffic accident statistics, there were 81 fatalities and 6,123 injuries involving car accidents in San Diego in 2008. Countywide, car accidents claimed 246 deaths and injured 13,527 people during the same year.
Fault and Liability Issues
If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears to me that the driver of the Ford F-150 may have been traveling at a unsafe rate of speed given the wet roadway conditions. If the driver of the pickup is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the injuries caused to the driver and passenger of the minivan. I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver of the Ford was impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent in this case. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims could file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical/funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of love and companionship, and other related expenses.
If I were a member of the deceased victim's family, I would also want to confirm if his injuries were in fact, the result of her not wearing a seatbelt or because of a seat restraint system failure. An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who has successfully handled seat restraint system failure cases, will be able to help this family make a determination as to what happened here. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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