Robert Merle Freeman, 70, was killed in a San Francisco area car accident, which also resulted in injuries to his wife and a 10-year-old girl. According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of Almaden Expressway and McAbee Road in San Jose the evening of December 19, 2010. Freeman’s BMW collided with a GMC Sierra pickup truck at the intersection. Freeman died at the scene of the car accident while his wife suffered non-life threatening injuries. The 10-year-old girl in the back seat suffered relatively minor injuries. It is not clear if the pickup driver will be cited for the accident.
My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Robert Merle Freeman. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic accident.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 44 people were killed and 3,627 were injured in San Jose car accidents. During that same year, there were 94 fatalities and 6,770 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in Santa Clara County.
What Caused This Tragic Car Accident?
It is not clear at this time what may have led to this fatal car accident. Did one of the drivers fail to yield right-of-way at the intersection? According to California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.” Officials say drugs or alcohol were not involved. However, I trust they are looking into whether driver distraction, speed or reckless driving was a factor in this fatal car accident.
If the driver of the pickup truck is determined to have been at fault, then he or she could be held liable for Freeman’s wrongful death and the injuries caused to the other two victims. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. In such cases, it may be in the best interests of the family to consult with a skilled San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
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