A tragic crash occurred yesterday morning in Spring Valley, just a few minutes away from San Diego that left a 35-year-old mother dead. The woman was traveling with her two children, ages 17 and 12, in their SUV around 7:30 a.m. heading westbound on State Route 94. As the woman approached the Kenwood Drive exit, she swerved her vehicle to the side which caused it to flip several times before it landed on the metal center divide separating the eastbound and westbound lanes of the freeway.
The California Highway Patrol is working to determine what could have caused the single-vehicle accident and they shared one of their theories with CBS 8 News reporter Heather Hope. One of the officers said that the woman had been traveling in one of the lanes when a gold Honda Civic merged onto the freeway from the Kenwood Drive exit. The 23-year old first merged into the closest lane next to him and then attempted to get into the lane the mother of two had been driving in.
Moments later, her vehicle flipped.
Officials said the woman was partially ejected from her vehicle and died at the scene. Her two children survived the accident only suffering minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. One of the kids had been sitting in the passenger seat and the other was riding in the back seat. A chopper caught a glimpse of the large amount of debris that had been disbursed all over the roadway.
The fatal accident resulted in one lane being closed on the SR94 causing traffic to back up for nearly three hours. As officers were questioning witnesses to see if they could gather any more helpful information, the news station captured the driver of the Honda on camera leaning on his vehicle while officers conducted their investigation. They still aren’t clear as to whether the Honda driver’s lane change is what caused the mother to swerve her vehicle out of the way or if she over-corrected. Either way, two children are now left without a mother.
How can you make your morning commute as safe as possible?
Morning commutes are often a difficult time for drivers as many are tired, anxious, or in a rush to make it to work on time. Because there are so many drivers out and about who are late for work, annoyed because of traffic, or simply fatigued, you need to be sure you are doing all that you can so that your morning commute is a safe one. Something you can do to ensure you are doing your part to making the roadway safer include:
- Know your route.Be aware of the daily activities that occur during your morning drive. Whether it is a school zone, trash pickup or construction going on, be aware of these areas so you can drive accordingly and reduce the chances of an accident occurring.
- Minimize distractions.Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents today so avoid engaging in any type of distracted behavior at all costs. Don’t attempt to eat breakfast or check your emails as this only decreases your chances of avoiding an accident.
- Watch your speed.Because the morning time generally has a significant number of drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians out, be prepared to stop your vehicle at any given time.
- Keep your cool.Although it can be rather frustrating to arrive at work late, if you happen to be caught in traffic, don’t get upset and drive recklessly. After all, wouldn’t you rather arrive to work in one piece rather than not at all?
- Leave home early.Most of us already know what to expect during our morning commute. We know where traffic tends to build and the areas where vehicles begin to slow down. If you know your morning route is going to have a lot of traffic, leave a few minutes early so you can account for this wait time and avoid getting upset or being late to work.
[Source: American TriStar Insurance Services].
And in the event your morning commute led you to engage in an accident in CA, remember to contact a San Diego accident attorney. Bruce S. Meth has been representing auto accident victims since 1982, helping them recover millions of dollars for the damage that has been done. To learn more about what your accident entitles you to collect, contact this firm today by calling 619-691-8942.
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