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California car accident claims 2 young lives, causes 3 injuries

Family members of teenagers who end up getting killed in a vehicle accident may understandably feel a combination of shock and grief. This is because young people often are seen as having full, promising lives ahead of them, so it might not seem fair when they lose their lives prematurely. This is particularly true if the car accident was someone else's fault. This is the situation that a few families may be facing following a recent wreck in California.

In this case, a rollover vehicle crash occurred. The accident happened when the driver of a truck lost control of the automobile, causing the vehicle to flip. The five young people in the vehicle were ejected.

Two of the individuals -- a 20-year-old and 16-year-old -- died in the crash, while three others suffered serious injuries. Police said that alcohol and speeding appear to be causal factors in the crash. This could become a critical issue in any resulting civil cases that may be pursued in the wake of this collision.

The person who was driving the truck may be held financially responsible for the deaths and injuries resulting from the California car accident. This is because the families of the deceased victims may rightfully file a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking damages to cover funeral costs and other associated expenses. The injured victims also can seek damages to help with hospital bills through personal injury claims. If the driver ended up dying in the wreck, his or her estate may be sued, as can any separate owner of the truck involved in the incident. Evidence of speeding or drinking while intoxicated may be offered in an attempt to prove the driver's liability in such a civil case.

Source: kcra.com, "2 teens dead, 3 injured in Vacaville car crash", Leticia Ordaz, April 6, 2014

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