When a California resident is involved in a rollover collision, the resulting injuries can be extremely serious. Rollovers account for 30 percent of all fatal crashes even though they account for only 3 percent of all accidents. Surprisingly, the federal government does not have any regulations in place to regulate manufacturers regarding rollover safety.
A 67-year-old man driving a Toyota Tundra died on Highway 79 near Temecula on Nov. 14. According to the California Highway Patrol, as the driver was approaching a curve in the road, he crossed the double yellow lines in an attempt to pass the tractor-trailer in front of him. The tractor-trailer was traveling at about 30 mph, perhaps because of the weather, which was dark and rainy.
The husband of the 53-year-old bus driver, who, along with five students and three adult chaperones, was killed in a collision between a bus carrying high school students and a FedEx semi-truck, filed a lawsuit against the company on Oct. 29. His wrongful death claim is the 16th lawsuit filed against the company for the Interstate 5 crash that occurred near Orland on Apr. 10.
Troopers with the California Highway Patrol reported that shortly before 2 a.m. on Oct. 27, a two-car collision near Stockton claimed the life of a Lodi man and left three other people injured. Authorities believe a drunk driver caused the crash.