Driving in and around the San Diego area can be tough, but we know most people do what they can to drive safety. However, the roadways are unpredictable. Edward “Skip” Babbitt, a knowledgeable and experienced San Diego car crash lawyer, understands that each car accident is different and works with those injured due to another person’s negligence gain the compensation they deserve. Today, we want to discuss a recent crash that has sparked calls for a 4-way stop sign at a dangerous intersection.
The Fatal Crash
A 13-year-old boy, Jorge Campos, was killed in a fiery crash last month when a vehicle driven by his mother failed to yield to traffic on Old Highway 395. Now, a 22-page investigative report has been completed by the California Highway Patrol.
The report says that Vasquez was sitting in the front passenger seat when his mother drove her vehicle across the highway and was struck by an oncoming truck. The mother and her 6-year-old daughter were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but Jorge died from his injuries.
The death is re-ignited calls for government officials to take measure to keep that intersection safe, including putting a 4-way stop where this crash happened. As of this writing, a change.org petition has garnered hundreds of signatures.
The crash did prompt San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond to revisit the idea of installing a 4-way stop sign with the county’s Department of Public Works.
The Car Accident Reality in California
We know that car accident happen all the time. While most of them result in only minor injuries or property damage, many are much more serious. It is not uncommon for us to see the following:
Broken and dislocated bones
Internal organ damage
Spinal cord injuries
The California Office of Traffic Safety says that there were hundreds of thousands of crashes during the latest reporting year in the state. Out of those, there were
over 273,000 injuries
over 13,000 serious injuries
almost 4,000 total fatalities
A car accident, even a minor one, can lead to major medical expenses for victims and their families. If another person’s negligence was to blame for the crash, they should be held accountable for their actions, particularly if they were drunk or distracted at the time of the crash.
Let Us Help You Get Through This
Driving is something so routine that most of us never think about getting into a crash. However, we know that the careless and negligent actions of other drivers can change everything. If you or a loved one are injured in a wreck, Edward “Skip” Babbitt is ready to help you secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
Your medical expenses related to the crash
Lost wages and benefits if you are unable
Pain and suffering damages
Loss of personal enjoyment damages
Possible punitive damages against those responsible