Yorik Ponce, 32, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident early morning October 26, 2009, the San Bernardino Sun reports. Ponce was driving a 1997 Jeep Wrangler west on the 10 Freeway near Mountain View Avenue when he came up against a crash scene. He apparently turned to avoid a collision but was instead, hit by another vehicle. The Jeep then rolled onto its side. Ponce died shortly after the accident at a local hospital, San Bernardino Coroner’s officials said.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Yorik Ponce for their sudden and heartbreaking loss. He was obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time. My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers.
Car Accidents in San Bernardino
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 570 injuries involving car accidents in Redlands, California. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 308 deaths and 9,920 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of car accidents.
CHP officials say Ponce came upon the accident scene and could not stop in time to avoid the collision. It may be that Ponce was driving too fast given the traffic conditions. It is also possible the previous crash occurred moments earlier giving Ponce little time to react. Many factors or even a combination of factors could possibly have prevented Ponce from seeing the earlier crash, ahead in the distance. At this time, we do not know what exactly happened here. These types of fatal injury accidents involving multiple vehicles require a detailed investigation and can become rather complicated. Typically, an accident involving many parties also brings in a number of different insurance companies and attorneys.
An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
It is important that the victims or their families do not talk to other parties — be it insurance adjusters or attorneys — unless they have consulted or retained their own legal counsel. In such cases, it is important that you have a knowledgeable injury lawyer on your side, who will fight for your rights and look out for your best interests.
The victim’s family in this case would be well-advised to consult with an experienced car accident case attorney in California, who will better explain their legal rights and options. A skilled car accident lawyer will also help determine whether there was negligence on the part of any of the other parties involved. If there was, then the victim or the deceased victim’s family may be able to seek compensation to cover medical/funeral costs, loss of wages and other related damages.
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