A man was killed in a San Diego County car accident when his 2007 BMW flipped and rolled before hitting a traffic signal. According to an NBC San Diego news report, the fatal car crash occurred on Rancho Santa Fe Road in Carlsbad. Officials say his car crossed the center median before flipping over. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His female passenger was hospitalized with serious injuries. It is not clear what caused his vehicle to cross the centerline or how the fatal crash could have been prevented.
There are many reasons why a vehicle may drift from a lane of traffic, including:
- Driver error: Motorists who are distracted, asleep, impaired, or speeding can allow their vehicles to veer out of their lane. It is important in such cases for investigators to find evidence of what the driver did wrong.
- Mechanical malfunction: It is possible for a driver to lose control of a vehicle if a tire blows, the accelerator pedal gets stuck, or some other mechanical malfunction takes place suddenly and without warning.
- Defective roadway: If a vehicle strikes a large pothole or debris on the roadway, the vehicle may veer out of control long enough to strike another vehicle or hit the center median.
- Other driver: Some car accidents that appear to be single-vehicle crashes are actually caused by a second vehicle that left the scene. In such cases, it is necessary to find a witness who can verify that the car was forced out of the lane of traffic.
The family of someone killed in a crash would be well advised to research their legal options. In some cases, it is possible to pursue financial support for funeral expenses, lost future wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and other related losses.
Similarly, injured surviving victims of Carlsbad car crashes have it in their best interests to look into their rights. Injured passengers can pursue financial support for their medical bills, time away from work, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation, and other related damages. A Carlsbad car accident attorney can review the crash and help victims and their families understand the best options available.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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