60 people were evacuated from their Oceanside neighborhood recently after a vehicle crashed into a town house and damaged a gas line. The accident was caused by the vehicle driver, an 85-year-old man, losing control of his Sedan and crashing into an elder community town house at night. Although the driver did not sustain any injuries from this crash, he was transported to the hospital just to verify that he was alright. When a car crashes in Oceanside or another neighborhood, it’s usually not just the vehicle driver who sustains injuries. Slamming into homes and other property can yield significant injuries and damage.

The gas leak resulting from the crash caused individuals to be evacuated from the area for this particular unit and the thirty surrounding it. Police conducting an investigation into the crash believed that alcohol was a significant factor. The driver who caused the crash ultimately did receive a DUI citation. There are many different reasons that people lose control of their vehicles. The primary reasons for losing control of your car include:

  • Hydroplaning
  • Defective parts
  • Fatigue
  • Distraction
  • Intoxication
  • Adverse road conditions

In situations where a motorist causes an accident as a result of a defective part, the manufacturer will probably be held responsible for the accident. However, the remaining primary causes of accidents like this could mean that the individual is facing criminal penalties as well as civil penalties if any victims do file a lawsuit. Unfortunately, car crashes like this are all too commonly caused by distraction, reckless driving, or driving under the influence. The individual causing the accident may not even realize the severity of the wreckage and injuries until long after the accident occurs, but car crashes like this can change the lives of accident victims in just a few moments.