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300-foot Fall from Hwy 50 Kills Tesla Driver near Pollock Pines

Pollock Pines, CA – According to The Sacramento Bee, on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, along Highway 50 near Pollock Pines, a Tesla vehicle careened off the road, plunging at least 300 feet down an embankment and resulting in the death of its driver, identified only as a man in his forties.

Just before 11:30 AM, the vehicle veered off the westbound lanes of Highway 50 near a Chevron gas station, a few miles east of Pollock Pines in the Fresh Pond community, as per the California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatch log.

Upon receiving a notification of the accident and damage sustained by the vehicle, El Dorado County Fire Protection District firefighters quickly located the Tesla using coordinates provided by the car’s onboard system. Tragically, they found the driver ejected from the vehicle, having suffered major blunt-force trauma.

It remains uncertain whether the Tesla collided with any other vehicles prior to veering off the road. Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing as authorities work to piece together the events leading to this tragic loss of life.

Liability in Solo-Vehicle Collisions

In some circumstances, investigations can reveal that some portion of the liability for a solo-vehicle collision might fall upon other drivers in the vicinity of the accident or even unsafe roadway structures. Working through the particulars of liability to help victims and their families find proper compensation is one of the many services a personal injury attorney can provide.

Once liability has been established, a personal injury attorney can also negotiate on behalf of the victim with insurance companies, who will always seek to minimize the payout for any claim they cannot deny.

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