The driver of a pickup truck died from his injuries after an accident in El Cajon, California on May 30. According to police, the man was traveling on Interstate 8 when he left his lane, hit a curb and rolled off the road. His truck reportedly caught fire immediately afterward.
Accidents involving a single vehicle are some of the most common car wrecks, and there are many different factors that may cause them. These include the following:
- Distracted driving: Most people today use cell phones, and even though it’s illegal, many motorists talk on their phones or text while behind the wheel. This is incredibly dangerous, as it takes drivers’ attention off the road for seconds at a time, making it much more difficult for them to slow down or stop if traffic patterns change.
- Inclement weather: Although poor conditions do not appear to have been a factor in this recent crash, a lack of visibility due to rain or fog is a common factor in single-vehicle accidents. Drivers should slow down to account for changing weather conditions.
- Drunk driving: When a motorist gets behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol, the consequences may be deadly. In California, as in all other states, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level above .08 percent.
- Faulty equipment: Failing vehicle parts, such as malfunctioning brakes or blown tires, may cause a driver to lose control. A vehicle parts manufacturer could be partially at fault for an accident resulting from faulty parts or equipment.
If you have been injured in a California auto accident, you may need to seek compensation from the parties at fault. For further guidance, speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.