Fatal Truck and SUV Accident in Imperial County Tragically Claims the Lives of 13 People

  • March 02, 2021
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Today, there was a tragic accident in Imperial County, about 10 miles north of the U.S. – Mexico border. It took the lives of over a dozen people ranging in age for 16 to 55 years old. A semi-truck was heading north on state road 115 and a Ford Expedition SUV was heading west on Norrish Road.

The reason for the truck accident is not clear yet, because there is an ongoing investigation by law enforcement, but some reports have suggested that it appears the SUV may not have stopped at the stop sign and drove out in front of the truck, resulting in a collision. There were an estimated 25 people in the Ford Expedition, which typically has a passenger capacity of up to eight people.  Numerous SUV passengers had been ejected from the vehicle, while a number of others were found dead inside the vehicle. The estimated death toll is 13, including the driver.

In a case such as this multi-fatality collision, those in the vehicles need immediate medical care and need to discuss their situation with experienced legal counsel, counsel who provides honest answers to questions like: What’s going to happen at work? Will your insurance pay for your medical treatments? and how long is this going to take?

Every year, California car accidents injure and kill thousands of state residents. Most of the crashes are preventable with due care and attention while driving.

There were 33,244 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the nation in 2019 in which 36,096 deaths occurred. In 2019, there were 3,316 fatal crashes in California and 3,606 deaths, and 1,575 multiple vehicle crashes.

In 2018, it was reported that, statewide, traffic deaths were 8.3 percent lower than 2017 and deaths had dropped by 321 fatalities from 3,884. In 2017, Los Angeles County recorded 92,020 victims killed and injured in vehicle crashes.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

It does not matter where you live in California, everyone driving on the roads is at risk of being involved in a car accident. Driver error is the number one cause of California vehicular accidents. There are a number of causes for accidents in Carlsbad, and they include:

  • Driving while distracted
  • Rubber necking
  • DUI
  • Failing to obey traffic laws
  • Speeding
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Bad weather
  • Bad roads
  • Driver inexperience
  • Poor visibility
  • Vehicle defects
  • Defective tires
  • Construction

For anyone involved in a multi-vehicle car accident, the first thing is to do is obtain medical care, ensure that records are kept of all injuries and that there are pictures, if possible, of the injuries and of the accident scene. Make sure to discuss the accident with experienced legal counsel who can provide answers to the questions that arise after a serious crash, such as “Is my insurance going to pay for this?” and “What is going to happen at work?

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