An 18-year-old man from Oceanside was killed in a San Diego County car accident when his pickup truck rolled over on the Interstate. According to a 10 News report, the fatal car crash occurred on Interstate 5 north of Leucadia Boulevard in Encinitas. Officials say he hit the brakes on his 1992 Nissan pickup and lost control. The pickup veered off the road, hit an embankment, rolled several times and struck a light pole. That pole then fell onto a UPS truck that was traveling on the freeway. The young driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The 49-year-old UPS driver was treated for minor injuries. It is unclear what caused the crash.
Investigators are looking into whether drugs or alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. Driver error is one of the leading causes of single-vehicle crashes, but there are other factors to consider. Anyone who has lost a loved one in an auto accident would be well advised to stay abreast of the ongoing investigation. Determining the true cause of the crash can help give a family closure and open opportunities for financial compensation.
A knowledgeable attorney will be able to look at all aspects of the incident and determine if there were other factors, such as a mechanical defect or a dangerous roadway. In cases where negligence on the part of another is a factor, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, and pain and suffering.
If you have lost someone in a San Diego car crash, do not hesitate to research your legal options. Financial compensation cannot replace the life of a loved one, but it can help a family deal with the many expenses that can result from a sudden and tragic accident. An experienced Carlsbad fatal accident lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
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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