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High Number Of Fatal Car Accidents On Popular California Highway Raises Safety Concerns

According to Los Angeles News, two fatal car accidentsoccurred this past weekend on the dangerous Angeles Crest Highway. As of today’s date, there have been 5 total fatalities on this road since it was recently reopened. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a California car collision, contact an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer immediately to discuss your options and protect your future.

In one instance, a woman driving a blue Honda left the road near the Coldwater Campground. It is unknown whether there were any other occupants in the vehicle. She died as the result of personal injuries sustained in the accident.

This latest fatality raises questions of safety and roadway design. The stretch of road in question – a steep winding route through the San Gabriel Mountains – has just been reopened. The road was closed for repair from January 2010 to June as the result of damage caused by heavy rain that washed debris from the surrounding hillsides. In addition to these recent incidences, three other fatal accidents have occurred on this stretch of roadway.

Often – many factors contribute to car accidents and serious injuries. Driver error, including reckless or careless conduct, including drunk or distracted driving, are often contributing factors to car accidents. However, in some cases it is the design of a roadway itself that is the cause of an accident. A roadway may be considered negligently constructed where its design fails to provide motorists enough time to react or it is unreasonably dangerous. Examples of negligent design include:

• Lack of or improper notice of changing traffic patterns

• Insufficient signage or notice of road conditions – such as dangerous turns or construction zones

• Defective barriers

• Inadequate maintenance

Where accidents occur as the result of defective roadway design, governmental entities may be found responsible for injuries that occur. Here, due to the high number of accidents on the same stretch of road, whether negligent roadway design played a role in any of the accidents is called into question.

Other dangerous California roadways include:

• Interstate-15, running from San Diego to San Bernardino

• State Route 17 from Santa Cruz to San Jose

• Interstate -10 crossing from Santa Monica to San Bernardino to the Arizona border.

For more information or if you have been injured in a car accident that may be the result of negligent roadway design, contact the experienced Stockton personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette for immediate attention.