Oakland, CA (November 20, 2023) One person tragically lost their life in a rollover crash on Interstate 580 in Oakland on Sunday morning, November 19th. The California Highway Patrol reported that the collision happened around 12:36 a.m. at the Lakeshore Avenue off-ramp.
It all took place on the westbound lanes of Interstate 580, when the driver of the vehicle lost control and the vehicle overturned. Paramedics and police officers arrived at the scene within minutes and found the car overturned in the roadway and officers noticed the person in the car was bleeding.
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Paramedics used life-saving measures on the victim, but they eventually died at approximately 3:43 a.m. from the injuries they sustained in the collision. Officers reported that the driver sustained traumatic brain injuries during the crash. Authorities called a medical examiner and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s identity is being kept quiet until the next of kin have been told of their passing.
Officers are investigating this accident to try and determine what exactly happened to cause this vehicle to roll like it did. They gathered evidence while crews cleaned up the area of debris. A tow truck was also called to the scene to remove the damaged vehicle. This accident is still under investigation as officers try to figure out what happened on Interstate 580 in Oakland.
Liability In Oakland Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Oakland Car Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of the person killed in this accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about an Oakland car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.