Matthew Jacob Wismann, 20, was killed in a Ventura car accident after his car crossed traffic lanes and crashed head-on into a van in Piru, California. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, Wismann was driving west on Highway 126 near Center Street the evening of October 20, 2009 when he drifted into opposing lanes of the undivided freeway and struck a van driven by 53-year-old Adrian Powell of Valencia. California Highway Patrol officials said Wismann was taken to an area hospital where he died three hours after the crash. Powell was also treated for major injuries including a broken pelvis. Both men were wearing their seat belts.
I sympathize with the family and friends of young Matthew Jacob Wismann, who died suddenly and tragically in this car accident. I offer my deepest condolences to all who knew and loved him. They will be in my prayers. I also wish the injured victim, Adrian Powell, the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics for Ventura County
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 26 fatalities and 663 injuries involving car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. In Ventura County as a whole, 71 deaths and 3,993 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
At this time, based on the news report, it is not very clear what exactly caused this accident. There are certainly more questions than answers here. What caused Wismann to lose control of his car and go into the oncoming traffic? Was this car accident the result of an auto product defect or a mechanical malfunction? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? It is possible Wismann had fallen asleep at the wheel or had been distracted somehow resulting in the collision. However, if I were a member of the Wismann family, I’d want to be sure this fatal injury accident was not due to the negligent actions of someone else.
Car Accident Liability Issues
Should a defective product be suspected in this car crash, Wismann’s family would be well-advised to preserve the car in its crashed condition, unaltered, so it may be examined by an expert for evidence of malfunctions or product defects. If a defective auto caused this car accident, the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product could be held liable. Victims and their families in such serious car accident cases would be well-served to consult with an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will advise them about their legal rights and options.
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