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San Diego: Passenger Killed in Rollover Truck Accident


At about 10:45 a.m. on Monday, May 21st, a passenger was killed and two others seriously injured in a rollover truck accident in San Diego. While traveling westbound on Interstate 8, the 19-year-old driver lost control of the Chevrolet Silverado near McCain Valley Road, causing the truck to roll down a rocky dirt embankment, partially ejecting the 46-year-old backset passenger. He succumbed to his injuries while being airlifted to the hospital. The driver and front-seat passenger were also injured and transported to hospitals by ambulance. Authorities are investigating the crash.

“When passengers are seriously or fatally injured in an accident, they or their families may seek compensation for the cost of their recovery or loss from the at-fault driver, regardless of whether the driver was operating the vehicle in which the passengers were riding or another,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.

Collisions claimed the lives of 112 drivers and 51 passengers throughout San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 11,403 drivers and 4,839 passengers were injured in the county, which ranked 37th out of the 58 counties for which the California Office of Traffic Safety compared accident data; 1st place is the worst a county may receive.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the passenger who was killed in the rollover truck accident yesterday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver and passenger who were injured.

U-T San Diego originally reported this crash.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of filing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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