Fatal Interstate 5 Accident

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November 14, 2016
Edward Smith


Deadly Accident on Interstate 5 

Authorities from the Stockton Police Department indicated to KCRA News that a man died tragically after being involved in an auto accident on Interstate 5 in the vicinity of Downing Avenue in Stockton on Friday, November 4, 2106.

What Happened?

A motorist was thrown from his car after crashing into another vehicle, according to Stockton police. Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The I5 accident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. near Downing Avenue. Police indicated to KCRA News that the man was speeding as he drove off the northbound offramp. He crashed into another car along Downing Avenue. No information has been released regarding the condition of the occupants in the other vehicle.

Authorities said the man’s car rolled, ejecting the driver, before it came to a stop.

The northbound direction of the I-5 ramp at Downing Avenue was shut down while officers investigated the scene. Officers had to shut down Downing Avenue in the area of the French Camp Turnpike to Manthey Road as well.

Police indicated speed was a factor in the accident.

Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents remain one of the deadliest of all traffic collisions. One of the main reasons they are so deadly is the roof crushing during the rollover.

In some instances, a fatality happens when the roof of the vehicle hits the pavement, crushes inward toward the people in the car, and strikes them. The other scenario in rollovers is the roof crushes, and the windows, windshields, or doors break open as the roof hits the ground. The deformed shape of the vehicle now has wide gaps that allow occupants to be ejected out of the vehicle.

Crushed roof injuries need not be so fatal in nature. Changes have been implemented to improve car and truck roof design. Sometimes, manufacturers fail to implement roof design improvements that could cut roof crush fatalities nearly in half. These improvements are generally inexpensive for the manufacturer to implement.

The first step in determining if a roof defect contributed to a rollover injury or fatality is to keep the salvage vehicle as evidence and contact an experienced auto products liability lawyer immediately.

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