A man was hospitalized following a San Diego car accident when he lost control of his replica Shelby Cobra convertible. According to an NBC San Diego news report, the injury car accident occurred on Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla the night of February 9, 2011. Police say the driver lost control of his classic car and crashed into a Nissan Altima travelling in the opposite direction. The Shelby Cobra continued partly through a fence and onto the front yard of a home. The driver of the Nissan was injured, but did not go to the hospital. The driver of the Shelby Cobra was injured as well, but the extent of his injuries is not known at this time.

It is indeed fortunate that this car accident did not result in major injuries or fatalities. I wish the injured victims a speedy and complete recovery.

San Diego Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 81 people were killed and 6,123 were injured in San Diego car accidents. During the same year, there were 246 fatalities and 13,527 injuries reported as a result of San Diego County car accidents.

What Caused This Injury Accident?

It is not clear from the report what may have caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle. There are several questions here. Was there an auto defect, which caused the vehicle to go out of control? Was speed a factor in this car accident? The article states that this wasn’t the first time a crash occurred on the homeowner's property. That leads to the question of whether this roadway is dangerous for vehicles. Is there something about the design of this roadway that makes it hazardous? I trust officials are in the process of determining how or why this car accident occurred.

Liability Issues

If the driver of the Shelby Cobra is determined to have caused the accident due to reckless driving, then, he could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused here. If this accident was caused by an auto defect, then, the auto maker or manufacturer of the defective product could be held liable. If this car accident was caused by a dangerous roadway condition, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could also be held liable.

Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident. An experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer will advise victims and their families in such cases about their legal rights and options.