OCEANSIDE – The intersection of Valley Glen Drive and Vista Way in Oceanside was the scene of a fiery car accident on November 5 that unfortunately resulted in the loss of all three occupants of the vehicle. The victims included two men from Escondido and one woman.
The vehicle, a Mitsubishi Outlander, had been travelling on State Road 78 when suddenly it left the roadway, destroyed a safety fence, and finally collided with the traffic signaling pole at Vista Way before catching fire. Firefighters and EMTs arriving on the scene were unable to revive the occupants.
California Highway Patrol officers said that neither of the two passengers in the vehicle was wearing seatbelts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates nearly half of all fatal traffic accidents in the United States involve passengers who did not use safety seatbelts. Similarly, the CDC estimates that there are approximately 3,000 fatal accidents and more than 400,000 injuries each year that occur due to distracted driving. Although texting is the most well-known distraction on the road, even conversation with passengers can reduce a driver’s focus.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the cause of the crash is unknown and remains under investigation.
Millions of people and their families experience the shock, stress, and strain of car accidents every year, with many of those crashes involving injuries, while 50,000 accidents annually result in the loss of life. The financial and physical damage left behind in the wake of a car accident can prove substantial and highly disruptive to your life.
If you or a loved one recently experienced a car accident resulting in injury or loss of life, it’s essential to understand your legal rights and responsibilities.
Consider contacting a trusted local car accident attorney to review the facts of your case.