Robert Leever, 52, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after he lost control of his car and crashed. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal car accident occurred the night of October 25, 2009 at Pacific Street and Perris Hills Park Road. Leever’s car apparently crashed through a guardrail and hit a fence leaving the vehicle teetering over the edge of a San Bernardino flood control channel. Fire crews had to secure the vehicle and use power tools to remove the roof and doors to get the victims out. Two passengers were also injured in the car crash.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Robert Leever for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I also wish the two injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep Leever’s family and these injured victims in your prayers.
San Bernardino Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 32 fatalities and 1,177 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in the city of San Bernardino. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 308 fatalities and 9,920 injuries happened in 2007 due to car accidents.
Based on this news report, it is not clear how or why this fatal car crash occurred. There is of course the possibility that this accident was caused as a result of driver negligence or error. However, there are many other factors that need to be considered in these types of single car accidents. Was there a vehicle defect or a mechanical malfunction that caused Leever to lose control of his vehicle and crash? What type of vehicle was Leever driving? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? Was there are any debris on the road which may have led to this crash? Was Leever forced of the roadway by another car?
Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney
In any such case, if an auto product defect is suspected, it is important to preserve the vehicle so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for mechanical malfunctions, product defects and other evidence. If it is determined that an auto product defect caused the accident, the auto maker or manufacturer of the defective product could be held liable.
If a dangerous condition on the roadway had in fact caused or contributed to the accident, then the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable as well. Please remember that any claim against a California governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. An experienced California personal injury attorney will be able to better inform victims and their families about their legal rights and options.
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