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INDIO: Jaylen Rushin Injured In Car Accident Involving Two Other Students From Football Team Xavier College Preparatory High School


Oct 1, 2018

Jaylen Rushin and Two Other Students From The Football Team of Xavier College Preparatory High School Were Injured In Rollover Car Accident In Indio

 INDIO, CALIFORNIA (October 1, 2018) Three students from Xavier College Preparatory High School including Jaylen Rushin were involved in a rollover car accident in the early morning hours of Saturday after their car hit a raised bump in the road.

Police responded to the rollover accident around 3:40 a.m. by Avenue 42 and Madison Street. Jaylen Rushin has been identified by the Xavier College Preparatory High School as one of the students that was injured. Another student has been identified as Matthew.

Officials wrote on the school’s basketball Facebook page, “As most of you know, three of our student athletes at Xavier were in a bad car accident Saturday morning. One of the students is Jaylen Rushin, a basketball player. The 2018-2019 Xavier Basketball season will be dedicated to Jaylen. Keep fighting buddy. We love you #PlayforJay”

No alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash. One of the three students sustained a serious back injury after the car rolled over when it hit a raised bump. No other vehicles are believed to be involved at this time.

Firefighters responded to the scene of the car accident and transported all three to the hospital. One of them has been released, but one remains in critical condition.

An investigation into the Indio rollover crash that injured Jaylen Rushin and the other students remains ongoing at this time.

What To Do After A Car Accident

There are over six million people involved in car accidents every year in the United States. These accidents result in 35,000 deaths annually and leave many more seriously injured. If you are involved in a car accident there are a number of steps that you should take in order to preserve your rights:

  • Stop: It is a felony to leave the scene of a car accident that causes great bodily injury. Be sure to stop after an accident, even if the damage is minor.

  • Police: Call the police and make sure that a report of the accident is taken. Tell the investigators exactly what happened.

  • Pictures: Take pictures of the scene and any injuries that you sustain.

  • Information:   Be sure to exchange information with the other driver involved in the accident. Get the name address and telephone number of all people in the car including passengers.

  • Report: Let your insurance company know about the accident as soon as possible.

  • Treatment: Get medical treatment as soon as possible. If you wait to seek treatment or go untreated an insurance company will use this as evidence that you weren’t injured that badly.

  • Preserve your rights: Don’t talk to any insurance adjusters after an accident and seek the legal advice of an attorney. A car accident attorney can help you with treatment and get you compensation after an accident.

Insurance companies will work hard to deny liability after an accident. If your accident was caused by a design defect with a road, you may have the ability to file a municipal negligence claim against the city in order to receive compensation.

Liability In Car Accidents Involving Road Design Defects

It has been estimated that nearly 94% of all car accidents involved some amount of human error. But in a number of circumstances, defects in the roadway like potholes or uneven paving can lead to serious accidents. Under California law cities have a responsibility to keep roads and highways reasonably safe. Cities may face civil liability if a dangerous condition on a roadway leads to an accident:

“[A] public entity may be liable for a dangerous condition of public property even when the immediate cause of a plaintiff’s injury is a third party’s negligent or illegal act (such as a motorist’s negligent driving), if some physical characteristic of the property exposes its users to increased danger from third party negligence or criminality. Public entity liability lies under section 835 when some feature of the property increased or intensified the danger to users from third party conduct.” (Castro v. City of Thousand Oaks (2015) 239 Cal.App.4th 1451, 1457−1458 [192 Cal.Rptr.3d 376], internal citation omitted.)

When there is a history of accidents at a given location this puts the city on notice that steps should be taken to rectify the problem. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Any person that is injured in a single vehicle accident caused by a defect in the roadway may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Jaylen Rushin and his family as he continues to recover from this horrific accident. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators for the sake of all of those involved. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this road safer. This could have happened to anyone. It would  be a tragedy if there was a similar accident at the same location.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are proud to have recovered over 1 billion dollars for our deserving clients. Our trial attorneys get results and are devoted exclusively to personal injury law. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel for your particular situation we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

Sources:

  1. Madison Weil. Three Xavier Prep students involved in early-morning vehicle rollover. September 30, 2018

  2. Coulter Boeschen. Who is Liable When Poor Road Conditions Cause a Car Accident? 2018

  3. Staff. 10 Things You Need to Do After a Car Accident. 2018

  4. Justia Staff. 1100. Dangerous Condition on Public Property—Essential Factual Elements (Gov. Code, § 835). 2018

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