The Causes of San Bernardino Rollover Accidents

According to an August 2017 article in The Press-Enterprise, a Fontana driver was killed and a passenger critically injured in a rollover crash. The driver, a 19-year-old from Fontana, was killed and her passenger critically injured after a rollover crash in the early morning hours. The female driver, operating a 2002 Chevy Silverado, was traveling on Bridlepath Drive about 1 a.m. when the victim allegedly struck the center median. Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the vehicle.

Although witnesses indicated that the driver was allegedly speeding at the time, police were conducting an investigation into the crash at the time of the report. It is not known if the passenger will sue the driver’s estate.

What is a Rollover Car Accident in San Bernardino?

A rollover car accident involves a vehicle turning or flipping repeatedly prior to landing either on its roof, side, or upright. The rollover accident can happen for any reason such as a manufacturing defect in the vehicle. A manufacturing defect may cause the vehicle to tip over at any time while the vehicle is in operation.

A rollover accident can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the most common include:

  • Type of motor vehicle: The majority of rollover accidents involve larger motor vehicles like trucks, SUVs, buses, and tractor-trailers. They have a higher center of gravity than most passenger vehicles, making these vehicle more prone to rolling over upon impact.
  • Speeding while making a turn: Failing to slow down in time to make a left or right turn is one of the main causes of a vehicle rollover. Speed while turning often contributes to the instability of a vehicle. When these things happen, the rollover accident may become deadly. Negligence may be a factor when speeding while making a left or right turn.
  • Weather conditions: Weather conditions can have a serious impact on a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Weather conditions include rain, hail, or a thunderstorm. Even if the rain has ceased, the wet surface combined with oil or residue on the street can cause a rollover accident.

Negligence in Rollover Accidents in San Bernardino

If a rollover accident happens and it is no one’s fault, an accident victim injured in the crash cannot sue for injuries. The other driver must be at fault in the rollover accident. Now, if the other driver is at fault and does not want to pay damages, the accident victim does have legal recourse. He or she can sue for negligence.

Negligence is the failure of a driver to act like a reasonable driver would in the same and/or similar circumstances. The driver must do things like obey traffic laws and not cause an accident. If someone does not act like a reasonable driver, he or she can be found negligent if those actions lead to an accident.

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Proving a Negligence Per Se Car Accident Cause in San Bernardino

The San Bernardino Sun reported in September of 2017 that five people were injured in a street racing incident involving two vehicles colliding. According to police, the accident happened when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Second Street broadsided a vehicle traveling southbound. The second vehicle was traveling along the 215 freeway around 8:30 p.m. The woman in the second vehicle, the one exiting the freeway, was critically injured.

Police claim that the first car traveling eastbound was racing another vehicle at the time of the accident. A total of five victims were treated at area hospitals following the crash. It was not indicated in the report if the other people injured were involved in the street racing.

The report did not indicate if the woman who was critically injured in the crash would file a personal injury claim in California court. Speed racing is against the law. A driver racing another driver in San Bernardino is breaking a traffic law. For this reason, the accident victim mentioned above may be able to sue using a more specific form of negligence to bolster the lawsuit.

Pure Negligence and Negligence Per Se in San Bernardino are Different Forms of Wrongdoing 

General, or pure, negligence occurs when a person fails to act as a reasonable person would in the same and/or similar circumstances. For instance, a reasonable driver would not have raced another driver while operating a motor vehicle in California. A negligent driver fails to act as another driver would have in the same situation when he or she races another vehicle and causes a crash.

However, negligence per se maybe separately invoked when a driver being at fault for a car accident violates a traffic law.

Proving Negligence Per Se in a San Bernardino Car Accident10

According to California law, a driver is liable under negligence per se if he or she:

  • Violated a traffic law, ordinance, or statute in California
  • The violation of the traffic law was the proximate cause of the accident victim’s injury, death or damage to property
  • The death or injury happened because the driver violated a statute designed to protect the accident victim from the exact harm
  • The accident victim was in the protected class the statute was enacted to protect from harm

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You were involved in an accident in which a driver broke a traffic law or statute. You may have a slam dunk case, but that does not mean you do not have to fight. You still have to prove that negligence per se was the reason why you were injured. That is where we come in. We will represent you and help you gain the copmensation you deserve after an accident. Contact us.

Protect Your Legal Rights After a San Bernardino Accident Involving DUI

According to a September 2017 article in the San Bernardino Sun, a 24-year-old San Bernardino male was accused of driving under the influence and causing a car accident. The man hit another vehicle during the crash. The accident killed the driver and seriously injured a passenger. He was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter along with driving under the influence.

The accident happened in the 1200 block of Kendall Drive. The drunk driver was allegedly speeding south on Kendall Drive around 1 p.m. He allegedly slammed into a Ford Escape that was traveling southbound at the time. The car accident caused massive damage to the Ford Escape. The impact sent the suspect’s vehicle, a Jetta, into a third vehicle, as well.

In addition to those injured in the first crash, two people were also injured in the third vehicle crash. The suspect was also injured during the car accidents. At the time of the article, police were investigating the accident and asking for anyone’s help who witnessed what happened.

A victim of a car accident involving a driver under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can sue in civil court. Civil court allows a victim to obtain damages connected to the car accident such as medical bills and lost wages. A civil case is different from a criminal case. The state prosecutes the DUI suspect for committing the offense of driving under the influence. They can seek restitution, but generally they are trying to punish the driver for breaking California law.

Suing for Damages in a San Bernardino DUI Car Accident

Filing a claim is the second step in protecting legal rights in a DUI car accident. To win the civil case, the accident victim must prove the other driver was negligent while driving and that the negligence caused an accident with injuries.

In a DUI crash, negligence per se will help an accident victim win or even settle a case. Negligence per se, which means the thing speaks for itself, shows that the driver broke the law. Since the driver broke the traffic law and caused an accident, the broken law shows wrongdoing.

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The first way to protect your legal rights is by contacting a personal injury attorney immediately after your crash. This protects your legal rights to sue for damages if the insurance company rejects your claim or there is no settlement. You attorney will file a claim in civil court while working on your insurance claim or settlement.

Negligence per se makes a strong case for either a win in civil court or a settlement. It is obvious the other driver broke the law by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. However, you will still have to prove your case. Contact us immediately for help with your DUI-related car accident.

What To Do After A Truck Accident Has Occurred

The Importance of Obtaining an Independent Investigation After a Big-Rig Trucking Accident:  Have you recently been involved in a California truck accident?  If so, call 909.884.6451. It is imperative that you have a thorough and complete investigation conducted right away. No matter the cause of the accident, you will need to have an independent investigation done, in order to identify and hold accountable all liable parties. In order to be certain that you recover any and all medical expenses and other out-of-pocket damages, for which you are entitled, you will need a highly-experienced Trucking Accident Investigation Team on your side.

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If you have been injured, or have a friend or relative who has been injured or killed in a Southern California semi truck or tractor trailer trucking accident, you need to know what rights you have under California law.

Contact SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation at 909.884.6451, and ask to speak with one of our Truck Accident Attorneys. There is no obligation to speak with one of our Attorneys. All initial consultations are FREE.

Insurance Companies Hire Accident Investigators–So Should You:  Most trucking companies, and their insurance carriers, dispatch experienced investigation teams out to the scene “immediately” following an accident. These investigative teams work for either the trucking companies, or they are hired by the trucking company’s insurance carriers The primary focus of these investigators is to obtain any and all evidence they can to protect the truck driver and the trucking company. During litigation of any trucking accident, it becomes the truck driver’s word against the other driver’s word. If you are that other driver, or you are a witness to a big-rig trucking accident, your version of the story may differ greatly from the trucker’s recollection. An independent investigator, hired by your attorney, will gather the critical evidence that will support your statement of how the collision happened. This independent investigation will reveal whether or not the trucking company, or owner of the truck, complied with all maintenance requirements for the semi truck involved in the accident.

If you have been in an accident with a semi truck, it is best that you be represented by your own attorney, before you provide any statements (oral or written) about the accident. Following any type of accident involving a big-rig truck, you will be contacted by the insurance company who represents the trucking company. Their adjusters, will be protecting the interests of the truck driver and the owner of that truck.  If you give any statements, prior to seeking the advice of an experienced Trucking Accident Attorney, you can jeopardize the outcome of your claim. In order to ensure that your rights are not jeopardized, and you receive all the medical benefits and other compensation you may be entitled to, you need a skilled Personal Injury Attorney in your corner.

 

Contact a Skilled Southern California Semi Truck Accident Investigation Attorney: The San Bernardino accident attorneys at SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation work directly with a top-notch team of investigators. They are experts with semi truck accident investigations. Together with our skilled Truck Accident Attorneys, we will work hard to protect your legal rights. We will gather all the necessary evidence, so that we can know the true value of your claim, and get you the maximum recovery for your injuries.

 

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