We all want to be safe on the roads and learn to drive defensively. But sometimes serious injury and loss of life can occur with only a single vehicle. Single vehicle crashes can actually be more dangerous than many other types of crashes. About 8,000 people are killed in sIngle vehicle roadway departure accidents every year. As San Francisco car accident lawyers, we know that single vehicle crashes can not only cause very serious injury, they can be fatal.
Earlier this week a tragic accident of this kind occurred in the Lake Shore area of San Francisco. The auto crash occurred on Monday night. The driver, a 25-year-old man, was at the wheel of his own vehicle when he lost control and hit a curb. He was driving on Lake Merced Boulevard, near Sunset. The impact caused the car to veer off the road, hit a poll and then roll over. The driver was pinned under the car and fire rescue attempted to extricate him from the vehicle and took him to San Francisco General Hospital, he did not survive his injuries. He also had not been wearing a seatbelt. Our hearts go out to his family and friends as they grieve this loss.
Reports indicate that speed was a factor in this accident. This is often the case with road departure motor vehicle accidents. This is stunning, because drivers generally have control over how fast they are traveling unless they have a medical emergency or their vehicle is defective in some way.
Sadly, in most cases, these crashes are completely avoidable and experts say there are several key factors that contribute to single vehicle crashes. One of these is speed. It is also important not to drive when fatigued. Finally, as always, do not drink and drive.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident, you need to know your legal rights and get good medical support. Please contact our law office to talk with a lawyer about your situation. There is no fee for this consultation.