Recently, heavy rain in Southern California has made for extremely dangerous driving conditions. The heavy rains have decreased visibility on already busy roads, which has led to several car accidents through Ventura County and its surrounding counties. The rain has been particularly problematic during commuting hours and CHP reported “there have been a lot of crashes [and] people hitting the guardrails.” Several drivers have reported losing control of their vehicles because of the slick roads.
One particular accident near Camarillo resulted in a deadly head-on collision. According to the Ventura County Star, a 65-year-old man from Oxnard driving a Nissan pickup lost control of his vehicle while traveling westbound. The car crossed into oncoming traffic, “for reasons that are still being investigated” and hit a Ford F-250 pickup driven by a 27-year-old man from Oxnard.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene of the accident and the Nissan driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ford F-250 driver was taken to the St. John’s Pleasant Valley hospital for his injuries suffered in the collision.
While this incident was likely rain related, it is important for drivers to remember that they can still be responsible for accidents and injuries they cause while driving in the rain. If you are injured by another driver, that person is liable to you for your injuries—you can get financial compensation to cover the cost of your injuries by filing a Ventura County personal injury claim. In a case like this one, if it is confirmed that the deceased driver caused the collision, and it currently appears this is the case, the F-250 driver can still receive personal injury compensation from the insurance or estate of the deceased driver. If you are facing a similar situation, it is important to speak with an experienced Ventura County personal injury attorney to know how to move forward with a claim to get the compensation you deserve.
Driving in the rain requires extra precautions, especially during busing commuting hours. Because of the slick conditions that make control of your car and sudden stops more difficult, it is particularly important to: drive slower, keep extra distance between your car and the car in front of you, and slow down early for stop signs and signals. Allow yourself extra time for your commute and, if possible, take preventative measures such as checking your tires and windshield wipers to ensure your car is safe. It is also important to be on the lookout for foreign objects in the roads—strong winds and even mudslides can carry dangerous objects (branches, rocks, other debris) into your path of travel, so once again, be sure to slow down during stormy conditions. We hope tragic accidents can be avoided by following these tips!
If, however, you are injured in car accident contact the skilled attorneys at Walch Law. We have 40 years of experience handling thousands personal injury cases that occur as a result of a car collision in Ventura County and the surrounding Southern California counties. We offer a free case consultation, so don’t hesitate to contact us today at 866-465-8792!