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Three Killed in San Bernardino Car Accident


A San Bernardino car accident involving a head-on collision resulted in the deaths of three people the night of February 20, 2010. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that the fatal car accident occurred on the Highway 395 near Rancho Road in Adelanto. California Highway Patrol officials said Brandon Vinson, who was traveling south on the highway, veered into oncoming traffic lanes and collided head-on with a 2003 Hyundai SUV. The driver of the SUV, 42-year-old Denise Jackson and the 20-year-old passenger, Patrice Spead, were ejected from the vehicle. Both sustained fatal injuries. Vinson was also ejected and died at a local hospital.

My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved the victims of this horrific accident, Jackson, Spead and Vinson. These victims and their families will certainly be in my prayers.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 33 injuries involving car accidents in Adelanto. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 263 fatalities and 8,504 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2008.

Causes and Liability Issues

Based on this newspaper report, it seems as if Vinson may have caused the accident. But it’s not clear what caused Vinson to lose control of his vehicle and go into opposing lanes of traffic. Why did he veer into the other side of the highway? Was he driving under the influence? Was he fatigued or distracted? Was he driving in a negligent manner? Was he forced off his lanes by another driver?

The other issue in this case, is whether the victims were all wearing their seatbelts. If they were, how or why were they ejected from the vehicle? If I were a member of these victims’ families, I would have the vehicles examined for auto product defects including seat restraint system failure. If seatbelt defects caused any of the victims’ fatal injuries, the auto maker or manufacturer of the defective product could also be held liable.

Victims’ families in such cases, would be well-advised to seek the legal counsel of a reputed San Bernardino car accident lawyer, who has a successful track record handling auto product liability claims. If Vinson was at fault, then the families of Spead and Jackson could file a claim against Vinson’s estate and insurance.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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