James Michael Kindrick, 56, was killed in a San Jose car accident after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed the night of April 6, 2010. According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, Kindrick was driving a 1994 Pontiac Trans Sport west on Metcalf Road, near Malech Road, when his car left the roadway. Kindrick lost control of his car and it rolled over several times. Kindrick was wearing his seatbelt, but died of severe injuries, California Highway Patrol officials said. He died at the scene. According to the county coroner’s office, drugs or alcohol were not factors in this fatal car crash.
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This is indeed a devastating blow for the family of James Michael Kindrick and everybody who knew and loved him. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 44 fatalities and 3,627 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in San Jose. In Santa Clara County as a whole, car accidents claimed 94 lives and caused 6,770 injuries during the same year.
What Caused this Fatal Car Accident?
Based on this news report, it is not quite clear what caused this fatal car crash. There are many unanswered questions here. Was Kindrick inattentive or fatigued at the time? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused Kindrick to lose control of his vehicle? Was another vehicle involved? For example, was Kindrick run off the road by another driver? Was there a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction in his vehicle, which caused or contributed to this crash? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine exactly what happened here.
In such cases, it is a good idea to preserve the vehicle involved in the crash so it can be examined by an expert for possible auto product defects or malfunctions. If it is determined that the accident was caused by a defective auto, the auto maker or manufacturer of the defective product can be held liable for the accident.
If a dangerous or defective condition on the roadway caused or contributed to the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a California governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. An experienced San Jose car accident lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options.
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