Two Killed, Four Injured in Solo Oceanside Car Crash
A 30-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter were killed, and four other minors were severely injured when their Toyota RAV4 crashed into a tree in Oceanside on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. The solo car accident happened at about 8:15 p.m. on Douglas Road, south of Pala Road.
Details of the Deadly Solo Car Accident
Oceanside police said the SUV crashed into a tree and rolled several times before stopping. Officials said the vehicle appeared to split in half, with the rear and front of the car facing the same direction. The woman and the young girl were ejected from the vehicle and were declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders had to extricate the four young passengers aged 10-15 from the wreckage.
According to police, the 14-year-old boy and the 10-year-old boy suffered critical injuries and were airlifted to the hospital. The 15-year-old boy and the 13-year-old girl were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are not yet clear on the relationship between all the occupants but believe they may have been related. The identity of the mother and her young daughter will not be revealed until the next of kin are notified.
Speeding Was a Factor in the Crash
It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. However, investigators believe speed played a role in it. Officials said the woman was traveling at a high rate of speed on the two-lane residential road when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.
Douglas Drive was closed for several hours from Old River Street to El Camino Real while police investigated. The accident remains under investigation.
Who is Responsible for Single-Car Accidents?
In the case of a single-vehicle accident, there could be more than one party involved. This could mean that other individuals or entities may be liable for a single-car accident besides the driver. Other potential at-fault parties could include hit-and-run drivers, auto manufacturers of faulty vehicle parts, and government entities for roadway defects.
After the unexpected loss of a loved one, you deserve justice and fair compensation to help rebuild your life and secure your future. It is essential to hold negligent parties involved in a wrongful death case financially accountable for their actions which can prevent similar accidents from happening again.
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How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help You
The aftermath of losing a loved one in a tragic accident may be difficult to process, and the grief may be unbearable. Now is not the time to deal with complex insurance companies when you should be focused on grieving and recovering from your loss.
Most insurance companies are looking to take advantage of your vulnerable situation by offering a lowball settlement on your claim. Having an experienced injury lawyer by your side may make all the difference in the outcome of your wrongful death claim. Unlike the insurance company, your attorney will have your best interests at heart throughout the claim process and will work diligently to obtain the financial recovery you deserve.
Filing a wrongful death claim may be challenging, and the process may be overwhelming to navigate due to the unique rules and procedures involved. That’s why it may be beneficial to retain legal counsel after the unexpected loss of your dear loved one. Your accident lawyer can help your family by:
- Collecting evidence from the accident site
- Challenging the other party’s defense strategies
- Negotiating a settlement agreement in your favor
- Filing a lawsuit in civil court
- Taking your case to court
Oceanside Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury attorney in Oceanside. If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident due to someone else’s carelessness, call our law firm at (760) 509-8818 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly and compassionate advice. You can also reach us through our online form.
Since 1982, our legal team has upheld the rights of Oceanside residents to compensation in all types of auto accidents, wrongful death cases, and traumatic injuries.
See a list of our past cases on our verdicts and settlements page.
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