EL CAJON, California—On October 27, 2022, first responders arrived at a cash site at 2:30 a.m. on eastbound I-8. They found one individual unconscious after a collision between a pickup truck and a Mercedes-Benz.
The Mercedes had overturned and came to rest on the side of the road up an embankment. The pickup had flipped upside down and stopped on the interstate.
The driver of the Mercedes was ejected from the car in the crash, and emergency personnel rushed the driver to a local hospital for emergency treatment. A second person was also taken to a nearby hospital, although the current condition of both victims remains unknown.
This accident is currently undergoing investigation. No further information is available.
Future similar accidents may be preventable, especially if the vehicles are not crashworthy.
Thankfully, no one died as a result of this accident. However, given the few facts we know, the risk of injury might have been lessened in this crash. For example, one of the victims was ejected from the vehicle, but why? While some may assume the individual was not wearing a seatbelt, that may not be the case. Our attorneys have handled cases where seatbelts have failed, causing individuals to be ejected and suffer severe injuries and, sometimes, death. Further, we have seen many victims and families succeed in bringing claims against vehicle manufacturers when cars are not designed to withstand crashes.
Manufacturers are responsible for designing and making vehicles that adequately protect drivers and passengers during a crash. Seatbelts have locking mechanisms that should be tested for quality and durability. Similarly, manufacturers must ensure safety features like airbags perform as intended in a crash. It should come as no surprise to car manufacturers that a portion of vehicles will be involved in a significant accident each year, so cutting corners on safety should never be an option. Sometimes, however, manufacturers do not design or build vehicles with safety as their top priority, and those cars are less likely to protect individuals in the case of a crash.
Often, a manufacturer defect in the design or making of the car or a smaller part goes undetected by those responding to the crash site. Thus, an independent investigator must look into the possibility of alternate causes, such as manufacturing errors, to determine causation in an accident. Regardless of which driver was at fault in the collision, manufacturers often carry insurance to compensate victims and their families if the severity of injuries may have been lessened.
Therefore, victims and their families do not have to suffer tremendous injuries while also unnecessarily drowning in debt. Legal experts can help victims navigate the complexities of bringing a claim against a prominent manufacturer if needed. In the meantime, we hope everyone involved in this accident fully recovers.
The Ammons Law Firm is a nationwide personal injury firm focused on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Contact the Ammons Law Firm today for a free accident review.
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