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Fatal car accidents sometimes happen in rideshare vehicles

Many California residents use rideshare programs, such as Lyft and Uber, to transport them to and from work, social events or other destinations. Most people using this transportation option likely assume it is a safe way to travel, and certainly for people who have been drinking, it is much safer than getting behind the wheel themselves. However, no matter what safety measures have been taken, sometimes car accidents still happen due to other variables, such as other drivers on the road.

Recently, a 40-year-old San Francisco man was killed in San Diego when the Lyft vehicle in which he was a passenger was involved in a collision. The accident happened early on a Saturday morning. The man and a friend were in town for a wedding and were traveling back to their hotel in the rideshare vehicle when the 21-year-old driver of another vehicle rear-ended them. Both cars ended up in a ditch off the shoulder of the freeway. According to first responders, the deceased victim had to be removed from the car using the jaws of life.

The vehicle's other occupants as well as the driver of the other car were injured in the crash. The victim's friend was transported to a local hospital with major injuries. The Lyft driver was taken to hospital with moderate injuries and is expected to recover. The 21-year-old driver of the other car is suspected of driving while impaired. He has been released from hospital and now faces several serious charges, including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and multiple counts of DUI causing injury or death.

Unfortunately, car accidents can happen to anyone at anytime, even people who do whatever they can to control their environment. In this case, sadly, a man has lost his life and another man is suffering from serious injuries from a crash in which drunk driving is suspected. The victims and their families may consider contacting a California personal injury attorney to discuss the option of pursuing a civil lawsuit. While this action cannot erase past events, a successful lawsuit could help these victims recoup some of the unexpected costs that tend to occur at such times.

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