Articles Tagged with Oakland car accident wrongful death law firm

hogarth-de-la-plante-17754-copy-300x179On May 1, the San Francisco Bay Area experienced at least three fatal traffic accidents between midnight and 5 in the morning. The first accident took place on Highway 880 in San Leandro, just south of Marina Boulevard. Two vehicles were part of the initial collision, though a total of four vehicles were involved. The driver of one vehicle died at the scene while another driver was taken to the hospital with major injuries. The other motorists were uninjured.

The second incident was on Highway 101 in San Francisco. A pedestrian walking within a crosswalk was hit by a motorist who lost control of his vehicle. Initial reports are that the motorist left the scene but later reported hitting the pedestrian through 911 and has been interviewed by investigators. There is no evidence that the driver was intoxicated at the time and no arrest has been made.

The third accident was also on Highway 880, but this time in Oakland. Three vehicles were involved in the crash and one of the vehicles caught on fire. Two individuals were killed, a 34-year-old man and a 4-year-old girl who was not properly restrained in a child safety seat. An initial statement by the California Highway Patrol said one of the diver’s may face charges for the unrestrained child’s death. Other passengers, including a 2-year-old girl, were hospitalized.                                                                

A crash in El Sobrante this week raises important questions about passenger safety in car accidents.  Specifically, are passengers at greater risk for serious injury and/or death than drivers?  Research and our experience as an Oakland car accident wrongful death law firm suggests the answer is “Yes.”  New studies on passenger safety also reveal surprising information on where in a vehicle an adult passenger is safest.

El Sobrante Crash Kills Three, Injures One

NBC’s Bay Area affiliate reports that CHP officials were called to the scene of a crash in El Sobrante, near the 6000 block of San Pablo Dam Road, at around 10 P.M. on Sunday.  According to CHP, a red Camaro crossed into the opposing lane and sideswiped a silver Honda Civic.  The driver of the Civic was able to stop the car on the shoulder and did not suffer major injuries.  However, the Camaro crashed into a tree and exploded killing three passengers.  The Camaro’s driver escaped before the blast, but was taken to John Muir Medical Center with serious injuries.  CHP officials believe alcohol and speed may have both been factors in the accident.