Goldie Williams Jr, 48, died in a San Bernardino car accident the evening of August 30, 2009 after he lost control of his car and crashed on the 215 Freeway. According to a news report in the San Bernardino Sun, Williams was driving a 2004 Lincoln Navigator south on the 215 Freeway when he lost control of his vehicle while attempting to pass a tractor trailer. Williams apparently veered off the freeway. The Navigator rolled several times. Williams died at the scene while a passenger sustained minor injuries.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Goldie Williams Jr. for their tragic and untimely loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this man. He will be in my prayers.
San Bernardino Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) 308 deaths and 9,920 injuries were reported in San Bernardino County in 2007. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 25 percent of the country’s annual car accident fatalities involve rollover accidents. About 10,000 people die each year in rollover accidents in the United States.
Based on the information in this news report, it appears that Williams completely lost control of his car. CHP officials have not indicated that Williams was speeding, fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The question then is why did Williams lose control of his Lincoln Navigator? Was there a mechanical malfunction or vehicle defect that triggered the rollover? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that may have caused or contributed to the fatal car crash? Was there another vehicle involved? We know Williams was trying to pass the tractor-trailer, but was he run off the road by the big rig or any other vehicle?
California Car Accident Lawyer
Families of victims in such cases would be well advised to consult an experienced California car accident lawyer who will be able to analyze all aspects of the crash and pin down its cause. If it was in fact, caused by a vehicle defect, the auto maker could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused this accident, then the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death claim that seeks compensation for funeral expenses, loss of earnings, loss of companionship and other related damages. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options.