A driver who was waiting near his disabled vehicle while it was being towed was hit and killed by another driver. The accident occurred on an off-ramp on SR-94 in Lemon Grove. A man’s pickup truck with a utility trailer was disabled and pulled to the side of the road. A tow truck driver was hooking up the vehicle while the man stood by watching. Another vehicle came along and hit the trailer, which then crashed into the man, killing him.

The tow truck driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle remained on the scene of the accident. The cause of the crash was being investigated and speed may have been a factor.

Traffic Deaths on the Rise
Statistics issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that there was an increase in highway deaths in California of 5% in 2016 over the previous year. This statistic is alarming in light of recent campaigns to improve road safety. California Highway Patrol (CHP) has been implementing educational programs to increase driver awareness of safety on the roads.

The number of deaths on U.S. roadways was on a decline to a low point in the mid 2000s. Highway fatalities have been increasing over the last several years, possibly due to an increase in distracted driving. There are a number of factors that contribute to traffic accidents.

Factors that Contribute to Vehicle Crashes
There are many factors that contribute to vehicle crashes. Some of the most common reasons include speeding, driving while impaired, distracted driving, following too closely, and failure to obey traffic signals. Distracted driving has been rising with the increased use of cell phones and electronic devices.
The use of handheld cell phones and other devices by drivers is illegal. Drivers are allowed to use phones and GPS devices if they are hands free. Texting while driving is a problem among many drivers.

Injuries and Fatalities
The use of seatbelts, airbags, and other safety features in vehicles has helped reduce the number of highway fatalities over the years. Still, the number of deaths and injuries due to traffic accidents is too many. Serious injuries that result from accidents include such things as broken bones, back and neck injuries, and head trauma. Some injuries require surgery and others may be disabling. The costs of medical treatment for vehicular injuries can be astronomical.

If you were seriously injured in a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver. It is important to seek legal assistance immediately following an accident. You need to protect your rights and ensure that you receive enough money to cover your medical bills and other damages.
Contact the experienced legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to learn more about your legal rights after a vehicle accident.

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