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Driver killed by flying tire in California

A driver in California was killed in a freak accident. According to reports, a flying tire struck the windshield of his car, crashed through the glass, and hit him with enough force that he didn’t survive.

The accident happened on State Route 14, right around 2:30 in the afternoon, in Santa Clarita.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a Cadillac was heading north when the front wheel on the driver’s side of the vehicle came free. It sailed over the divider between the north and south lanes, where it slammed without warning into a southbound Hyundai Sonata.

Police have not released the name of the driver who was killed, nor have they provided many details, as the investigation is still underway. They don’t yet know why the tire left the vehicle, which will likely help to determine who was really at fault.

They did say that the person driving the Cadillac stayed at the accident scene. Of course, that person may not have had much of a choice, as the car no longer had one of its front tires.

This is a strange accident, to be sure, and seems almost like something taken straight from the movies. However, it both shows the dangers of driving, even in the middle of the day, and it also shows how fault is not always easy to determine. For example, police will likely need to know when the tires were last changed, who did it, and what involvement the driver had.

When a loved one is killed in a preventable accident, it’s important to understand how fault is found and what legal rights you may have.

Source: Fresno Bee, “Tire flies off car, kills driver on California freeway,” May 17, 2017

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