Fatal Pollock Pines Accident Involves Out-of-Control Vehicle

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May 09, 2024
Edward Smith

Out-of-Control Vehicle on U.S. 50 Results in Fatal Pollock Pines Accident

An out-of-control Tesla led to a fatal Pollock Pines accident on May 7. The crash happened along U.S. 50 at Outer Limits Lane around 11:23 a.m. The Tesla accident was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) when the vehicle was discovered around 300 to 400 feet down an embankment. 

Fatal Pollock Pines Accident Being Investigated

An extended closure was instituted because firefighters had to set up an area for climbing ropes to get to the vehicle. Fire department medics determined the driver had died in the collision. The Placer County Coroner was then called to the scene. A determination of the cause of the fatal crash is underway by CHP traffic accident detectives.

Single-Vehicle Off-Road Crashes

Off-road crashes involving a single vehicle are not uncommon. Driver error is frequently the cause. However, other factors can lead to a fatal Pollock Pines accident. An experienced injury lawyer can investigate and determine the cause of an accident involving a solo vehicle and hold those responsible for the death.

Auto Defects Can Lead to a Single-Vehicle Crash

Auto defects, such as in the steering, accelerator, or brakes, can cause a vehicle to go off the roadway and crash. In December 2023, more than 2 million Tesla vehicles were recalled because of the high number of collisions that occurred when they were on autopilot. In February 2023, several million of the vehicles were placed under a recall alert because of problems with the advanced driver assist feature. The problem required a software update.

When an accident occurs, retaining the vehicle is important, so it can be examined for defects. If one is found that led to the fatal Pollock Pines accident, the family can recover compensation by filing a claim against the manufacturer, parts or software maker, and others.

Road Damage Can Lead to an Out-of-Control Vehicle

Potholes, fissures, cracks and other road damage can cause a driver to lose control and go off the road. If the lawyer determines that the road damage caused or was involved in the fatal accident, the entity in charge of maintenance can be liable. The limit in which to file a claim is six months, so getting assistance from an attorney can help you meet deadlines and ensure the paperwork is complete.

Filing for Compensation through a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

When a loved one is lost due to another’s negligence, the deceased’s spouse and children have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. They are entitled to seek compensation for:

  • The potential earnings, and benefits, including insurance and pension, the deceased would have provided up until their expected retirement
  • Expenses related to the funeral, burial, or cremation services
  • The loss of companionship and support experienced by the surviving spouse
  • The deprivation of parental care, guidance, and nurturing for the children
  • The value of household tasks and services the deceased would have contributed is also recoverable

Watch this informative video by attorney Ed Smith on navigating the complexities of wrongful death claims:


Pollock Pines Personal Injury Lawyer

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