One person was killed and five others were injured in a San Bernardino car accident involving six cars. According to a KABC news report, the fiery wreck occurred early morning on June 5, 2017 on the 215 Freeway near the 5th Street exit. California Highway Patrol officials said one car became engulfed in flames. One person, described as a male, was killed in the incident. Three others were taken to area hospitals and two were treated at the scene. The cause of the crash is not known and an investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of the deceased crash victim. We also wish those injured the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (2013 SWITRS Report), 26 people died and 988 were injured as a result of traffic accidents in the city of San Bernardino. Countywide, 235 fatalities and 8,177 were injured due to auto accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to how this tragic fatal crash involving multiple vehicles occurred and who was at fault. There are still a number of unanswered questions here. Was this car accident the result of impaired, fatigued or distracted driving? Did excessive speed cause or contribute to this incident? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Protecting Your Rights
Multi-vehicle crashes can be complicated in terms of investigations and liability issues. If you have been injured in a car accident involving several vehicles, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your rights. First, remain at the scene and make sure your version of the incident gets into the police report. Obtain a copy for your records. Get prompt medical attention and treatment for your injuries. Get as much evidence as you can including photographs from the accident scene, contact information for eyewitnesses and pertinent information from others involved in the crash.
Do not speak to insurance companies for other parties or defense attorneys who are involved in the case. Do not enter into any settlements or agreements unless you have spoken with an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights and best interests. If you have been injured, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families that have lost loved ones in such incidents may be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for their losses as well.