Authorities say a driver was airlifted to the hospital early Wednesday after a winding police chase through North County ended in a violent crash. Around midnight, deputies spotted a 2005 Nissan Altima that had been reported stolen parked on Rollins Street, off West Vista Way just east of North Melrose Drive, San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Moreno said. Deputies approached the vehicle, but the driver took off, he said. The pursuit continued until the motorist got onto northbound Interstate 5 in Carlsbad and started driving erratically, at which point the chase was called off, Moreno said.

Around 12:20 a.m., a crash involving the Altima was reported near the northbound I-5 connector to eastbound state Route 78, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said. The circumstances leading up to the crash were under investigation, but the car ended up off the right shoulder near a lagoon, Bettencourt said.


California is a “fault” state with regard to accidents, meaning that a victim can bring a claim against the responsible party before they file a claim against their own “no-fault” insurance, and there is a two year time period to file a suit after an accident. If an individual is injured in a motor vehicle accident in the State of California, car accident attorneys can answer questions about how the laws will affect property damage and personal injury claims.

When a criminal component, such as car theft results in an accident, experienced car accident lawyers can work through the intricacies of the case by addressing the cited criminal components, responsibility of insurance coverage, degrees of assigned fault and the severity of the accident damages.


Victims may be compensated for present and future loss of earnings, medical bills, current and future medical care, household expenses, and pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium or companionship, as well as punitive damages in certain cases.


The recovery of damages is contingent upon California auto accident lawyers proving another individual, or entity was the cause of the injury and owed a duty of care to the victim.  Developing a case for negligence can be complicated, so it is important to seek legal counsel shortly after an accident, in accordance with the California statute of limitations for accidents.  Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates, who can assist after a car accident results in property damage, or personal injury loss.


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