Investigators have not yet determined what caused a California driver to lose control of his steering just before his vehicle careened into two oncoming traffic lanes. Tragedy struck Arrow Highway on a recent Monday night. Three vehicles were involved in the collision, which resulted in one fatality and injuries to several others.
A 60-year-old man was ejected from the vehicle that veered into oncoming traffic. Witnesses later said that his car caught fire in the collision. As the vehicle drifted out of control into the first adjacent lane, it struck another car head-on, then hit another car in a second lane. The man who caused the collision did not survive the accident.
Woman in serious condition
A 39-year-old woman who was driving the first car that was struck was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. Two people in the second car, one of whom is a minor, also suffered minor injuries in the collision. Investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol were causal factors in the accident.
Seeking restitution when the responsible party dies
When a California driver dies in a collision that he or she caused, those who survived their injuries may still seek financial recovery for their losses. To do so, they must file a personal injury claim against the decedent’s estate. It is best to seek legal support before initiating litigation. An experienced attorney can help gather evidence and determine the maximum amount of compensation to which a particular client may be entitled. An attorney can also speak and act on behalf of a plaintiff in court, which makes the proceedings much less stressful.