Shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 18-year-old passenger Steven Pham was killed in a rollover accident in San Jose. While traveling northbound on San Felipe Road in a green 1996 Acura Integra, the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with a power pole. A witness indicated that the car came to a rest on its roof near the pole. Pham was taken to an area hospital, where he died the following day. The driver was also seriously injured. Authorities suspect that speed may have contributed to the accident and are investigating.
“When a family loses a loved one in a crash, they may hold the negligent driver liable by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 3,588 people in San Jose in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s current records. Speed was a factor in 780 of the fatal and injury collisions that year, with San Jose ranking 6th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of speed-related accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Steven Pham, the passenger who was killed in the rollover accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the driver.
MercuryNews.com originally reported this San Jose crash.
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