Mother, Child Injured In San Diego Head-On Truck Accident On Avocado Boulevard and Challenge Boulevard
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (October 8, 2019) – A mother and child were injured in a head-on truck accident with a Cajon Valley School District employee by the intersection of Avocado Boulevard and Challenge Boulevard.
San Diego police are saying that the accident took place around 10:30 a.m. in the Rancho San Diego area. A 55-year-old CVSD employee in a Ford pickup truck with a trailer made an unsafe left turn into oncoming traffic.
The CVSD employee collided head-on with a Ford Fusion carrying a mother and her child. The force of the collision pushed both vehicles into the front yard of a home.
Both drivers in the crash sustained major injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. The infant’s injuries were not specified following the collision.
An investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Car Accidents
According to III, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 36,750 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2018, down 1.0 percent from 37,133 in 2017, declining for the second consecutive year. According to NHTSA, fatalities decreased in 2018 for drivers, passengers and motorcyclists but rose in crashes involving large truck, pedestrians, pedalcyclists and older drivers age 65 and older.” Head-on collisions, in particular, are among the most dangerous types of accidents that a person can be involved in.
Head-on collisions only account for about 2% of all traffic collisions but nearly 11% of all traffic fatalities. Victims of head-on collisions often suffer from a wide variety of injuries including:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal trauma
- Soft tissue damage
Many of the injuries from serious car accidents are not just physical. According to WebMD, “at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have posttraumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident.” It’s important to seek regular follow up care after an accident. Failing to get the proper medical care may jeopardize your ability to file a claim down the road.
Drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic before making a left turn. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement.”
If a Cajon Valley School District employee is negligent and causes an accident the school district that they work for may be liable as well. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior employers are generally liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. It’s important to preserve evidence after an accident and to determine if one driver was working at the time of the crash.
Victims of car accidents may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a bodily injury claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many accident victims may not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months following an accident. Unfortunately, school districts will often try to deny liability after an accident or to downplay the extent of a person’s injuries. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and take steps to make sure that your rights are being preserved.
Investigating A San Diego Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the woman and child who were injured in this accident.Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to San Diego police department as they continue their investigation. There needs to be some accountability for this accident and steps need to be taken to help prevent something similar from happening again.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.