A 29-year-old San Diego man was killed in an Orange County rollover accident on February 12, 2009 after his car left the roadway and crashed. According to this news report in The Orange County Register, the driver, who has still not been identified, was driving a 2002 Ford vehicle on the northbound Interstate 5.
The vehicle veered off, went down an embankment and ended up upside down in the northbound side of the I-5. This San Clemente Ford rollover crash occurred on El Camino Real near Avenida Mendocino. Orange County Sheriff’s officials are saying that speed may have played a role in this crash, but aren’t sure what caused the accident.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this fatal auto accident victim. Please keep them in your prayers for their tragic loss.
I would be interested to find out what type of Ford vehicle he was driving and also exactly how this rollover crash occurred. The crash could well be the result of the vehicle hitting a curb and then flipping over, which the report mentions as a possible factor. I trust the law enforcement agency that is investigating this accident will come up with the details soon. But right now there are more questions than answers. How fast was the vehicle traveling? Why did the driver lose control of the vehicle? Was there some type of mechanical malfunction or steering problems?
This victim’s family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Orange County auto accident attorney, who will look into how and why this accident occurred. A knowledgeable auto product defect lawyer will also advise the family to preserve the vehicle in its current crashed state so that an expert can carefully examine it for product defects, mechanical malfunction or other evidence. The attorney should also look into whether this Ford vehicle was part of a group of recalled vehicles.
A skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer will also investigate whether there were any dangerous conditions on the roadway at the time that played a part in this fatal rollover crash. If that was the case then the governmental agency in charge of maintaining that roadway could be held liable. A claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within six months of an accident. In any auto accident, it is important to analyze various factors and scenarios before coming to a conclusion and traffic investigations often do not accomplish that.