Two Oxnard car accidents killed four people Tuesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.
The first incident, which occurred when a vehicle carrying three passengers spun out of control and struck the center median and a palm tree, trapped the driver and passengers inside the car. All three passengers died at the scene and the driver remains in critical condition as of this morning at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.Oxnard,
The second incident involved a 73-year-old pedestrian who attempted to cross the street outside of a marked crosswalk and was struck by a car. The pedestrian later died at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
Police are still investigating the cause of both of the crashes. In each incident, there are many unanswered questions that could help determine the cause of the accident. For instance, did alcohol, drugs, or the use of a cell phone play a role in either incident? Recent studies have shown that the cause of one-third of car accidents today is distracted drivers. Oftentimes, cell phone calls or text messaging are the sources of such distraction that can result in deadly accidents. Other questions to ask are whether there were hazardous road conditions or construction that prevented the drivers from safely operating their vehicles, whether all traffic signals and streetlights were working properly (both accidents occurred after dusk) and whether there where any maintenance problems with either car that hindered the drivers from safely operating their vehicles. In the case of the pedestrian-car accident, another question to ask is whether or not the pedestrian was hindered from safely crossing the street due to any of the previous circumstances.
As these questions begin to be answered by police investigators, I offer my sympathies and wishes to the families of those victims who tragically lost their lives.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a car accident and you believe someone else may be responsible for causing the accident, please contact an Oxnard injury attorney today for a free consultation.