Two people were hospitalized with injuries after a San Bernardino car accident, which involved five vehicles. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, the accident occurred the afternoon of February 25, 2010, when a blue Honda driven by Jerimiah DeGrandis and heading west on Bear Valley Road, near Cobalt Road, swerved suddenly and was hit on the passenger side. A silver Ford pickup truck traveling behind the Honda then swerved into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a BMW heading east and driven by Corey Lathrop, 21. Two other vehicles that were following the BMW were also involved in the collision. DeGrandis and the driver of the Ford truck were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Officials are still trying to determine what caused the Honda to swerve and have not arrested or cited anyone yet.
I’m relieved that none of those involved in this accident sustained critical or life-threatening injuries. I wish the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
There were 16 fatalities and 266 injuries involving car accidents in Victorville in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 263 people died and 8,504 were injured as a result of traffic accidents during the same year.
What Caused this Car Accident?
Based on this news account, officials describe DeGrandis as incoherent after the crash. They have also found marijuana in his vehicle. If it is found that the driver of the Honda was DUI, distracted, or otherwise negligent, he should be held responsible for the accident and the injuries that resulted. In such cases, it is also possible that the car that swerved initially was avoiding an object on the roadway or had moved suddenly because of an unsafe roadway condition. If that is found to be the case, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway may also be held responsible.
Contacting an Experienced Injury Lawyer
Any car accident investigation involving multiple victims and multiple vehicles can be complex and sometimes even confusing. Each person may have a different account of what occurred. Eyewitnesses who saw the accident from different angles may have their own versions of the story. If you have been injured in such an accident, it is best that you do not discuss the details with any insurance adjusters or other attorneys. Do not provide statements, sign papers, forms or agree to settlements without first talking to your own lawyer. Victims in such cases would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyer, who will help protect their legal rights and best interests.
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