Andrew Wade Jackson, 24, of the U.S. Navy, died in a San Diego County car accident after his car went down an embankment and struck a tree in Chula Vista. According to a news article on 10news’ Web site, Jackson was driving alone on eastbound Otay Lakes Road near Wueste Road when he lost control on a curve and crashed his 2001 Nissan Maxima the night of June 23, 2009. Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young officer. Apparently, he was married and assigned to the USS Nimitz. I offer my deepest condolences to his wife, his family, friends and shipmates. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were seven fatalities and 824 injuries involving car accidents in Chula Vista. In San Diego County as a whole, 268 deaths and 14,641 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of car accidents.

In this particular fatal car accident, it is not clear what caused Jackson to lose control of his car and roll off the roadway. The news report does not mention that Jackson was speeding, driving recklessly, erratically or driving under the influence. There is also no mention of Jackson falling asleep at the wheel? So, what caused Jackson to lose control of the Nissan Maxima? Were there adequate warning signs on the roadway cautioning drivers about the curve? Was there a mechanical problem or a product defect that caused Jackson to lose control of his car? Obviously, something went horribly wrong here.

If this fatal car crash was caused by a motor vehicle defect, Jackson’s family may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the defective car. A reputed personal injury law firm, which is well-versed in auto product liability lawsuits, will be able to help the family pursue their rights and explore their legal options. It would be very important in this case as well as other potential product liability cases, to preserve the vehicle in its crashed condition, unaltered, so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for mechanical problems, product defects and other evidence. The best California personal injury lawyers will always offer a free and comprehensive initial consultation to injured victims and their families.