High speed car accidents occur often on our San Diego freeways. On July 3, 2014, a fatal car accident claimed the life of a 60-year-old Oceanside resident. Alicia Rodriguez Banuelos was killed when the vehicle she was travelling in was involved in a collision on South Bound 805 in San Diego. Ms. Banuelos died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident. Vehicle accidents such as this are often fatal due to the high speed at which the vehicles involved are travelling.
The mother of a 17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash on Interstate-5 earlier this month has filed suit against FedEx for the wrongful death of their child. The suit, filed on April 22nd in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses the FedEx driver of negligence and alleges that FedEx failed to properly maintain its vehicles in safe working condition.
GM has released new details about another serious defect in their vehicles leading to personal injury lawsuits. According to GM, ignition switches in certain vehicles can deactivate in a collision, causing the airbags to, in turn, deactivate. The force of the crash actually turns the vehicles' airbags off and prevents them from deploying. This increases the chance of serious personal injury and wrongful death.
Updates regarding the FedEx wrongful death crash on Interstate-5 raise questions regarding the maintenance and safety of FedEx's vehicles. Eyewitness reports indicate that the FedEx truck was on fire before it collided head-on with a bus that was en route to Humboldt State University for student orientation.
On April 10, 2014, several Southern California parents received horrific news. A terrible traffic accident caused the wrongful death of five high school students, three chaperones and 2 vehicle drivers after a FedEx truck collided head-on with a chartered bus.
The first wrongful death claim against General Motors (GM) has been filed in the wake of revelations that GM was aware of an automotive defect for over a decade, but failed to take appropriate corrective measures. The defect involves the ignition switch in the Saturn Ion and the Chevy Cobalt. If the car's keys have a heavy keychain on them while the keys are in the ignition, the extra weight can cause the ignition switch to suddenly turn off. This causes the car's steering, braking, and airbags to deactivate, leaving the occupants in the vehicle in peril. GM reported that the defect has been linked to twelve deaths. Independent reports suggest the figure is more than three hundred deaths.
A fatal drunk driving accident took the life of 27 year-old Rachel Anne Morrison on March 28, 2014. The accident occurred on Camino Del Mar and Coast Boulevard in Del Mar, California. Ms. Morrison, a pedestrian, was crossing the street, when Christopher Stockmeyer ran a stop-sign at a high rate of speed, striking and killing Ms. Morrison.
Sadly, fatal car accidents are no anomaly in California. On March 15, 2014, 53 year-old Graciela Bustos was killed in a head-on collision in Ramona California on the Barona Ranch Indian Reservation. A 2007 Ford Expedition crossed over the double yellow line and struck Ms. Bustos' Nissan while she was driving on Wildcat Canyon Road. Ms. Bustos was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital where she later died from her injuries. The driver of the Expedition was later identified as a Barona Tribal Enforcement Officer, and the Expedition he was driving was a marked Tribal Enforcement vehicle.
A dramatic rise in single-driver car accidents has left San Diego residents wondering whether their roadways are being properly maintained by the city. This week, William Anthony Dibernardo, Alan Phillips, and Edward V Meza all lost their lives on San Diego roadways. The common thread among the accidents was that no other drivers were involved. The drivers lost control of their own vehicles for unknown reasons and veered off of the road.
As the weather warms, tragic bicycle accidents become more frequent. On March 3, 2014, 44-year-old Chula Vista resident David Voigt was struck and killed by 29-year-old Michael Reyes on 100 East J Street. As Mr. Voigt was riding his bike home from work, Mr. Reyes' vehicle crossed over the dividing line into oncoming traffic and collided with Mr. Voigt. Mr. Voigt was rushed to UCSD Medical Center, where he died from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident. Police later learned that the vehicle Mr. Reyes was driving was stolen, and that Mr. Reyes had been drinking alcohol before the accident occurred.