A 20-year-old man died in a fiery car accident in Newport Beach after the car he was driving burst into flames after slamming into an Army-Navy surplus store on the night of Nov. 17. According to a report in the Daily Pilot, officials said the crash occurred at West Coast Highway and 61st Street. Police said an Infiniti G35 had crashed into a corner of the South Coast Army and Navy Surplus store.
Ongoing Accident Investigation
The car was traveling westbound at the time of the crash. Firefighters quickly put out the flames and found a body in the smoking wreckage, officials said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. It is not immediately clear whether alcohol or drugs were involved. Officials described the area as having “a dramatic curve.” The investigation into this fatal crash is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victim for their heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Causes and Potential Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to how or why this fatal crash occurred. Police are still looking into whether alcohol or drugs were involved. But, there are still a number of unanswered questions here. Did speed play a part in this crash? Did a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction in the car cause or contribute to the accident? Did a dangerous roadway design contribute to the fatal crash? These are just a few questions that must be asked and answered in such cases.
In such cases, it would be a good idea to preserve the vehicle in its crashed state so a qualified expert can thoroughly examine the vehicle for defects, malfunctions, design flaws and other crucial evidence. If a defective vehicle or part in the vehicle contributed to this crash, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the automaker. If a dangerous or defective roadway caused the accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for designing and/or maintaining the roadway could be held accountable as well.
An experienced Newport Beach car accident lawyer who is experienced successfully handling auto defect lawsuits will be able to assist victims’ families better understand their legal rights and options.