A 77-year-old Ramona man, Charles Milton Chesshir, died in a car crash near the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, reported The San Diego Union-Tribune in a recent story.
Chesshir was driving south on Wildcat Canyon Road, in a 2004 Honda Accord, just a few miles north of the casino in San Diego county, when the accident happened. California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings is quoted saying the car had drifted onto the right shoulder. When Chesshir overcorrected the steering to the left, he lost control and the Honda then rolled over several times. The crash also injured his 75-year-old wife who was not named in the article.
I’m extremely sorry for the tragic loss of life in this accident. I offer my condolences to Chesshir’s family and wish his wife a complete recovery. Rollover accidents involving sedan type cars are perhaps not too common but unfortunately any accident that causes a vehicle to flip over and crash invariably turns deadly. The reason for this is that manufacturers generally put in the most basic of safety considerations in the design of the vehicle’s roof and its support. In making an assessment of this Barona Valley car accident, I’d begin by examining the car for any evidence that suggests the roof did not meet expected impact forces. Any evidence of a weak or defectively manufactured roof basically points to an unsafe car. It is essential the Accord be preserved in its existing condition, without repairs of any sort to help the investigation.
To understand their rights and options in this case, the Chesshir family would be well served to get a comprehensive consultation with an experienced auto product liability attorney who routinely handles serious car accidents and personal injury cases.