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Wrong-way car accident in California results in 1 death

One individual was killed in a recent wrong-way vehicle accident in California. The family members of the victim naturally could be distraught and even angry about the car accident. They have the right to pursue answers regarding the cause of the crash and to seek justice.

The accident took place during the early morning hours on a recent Saturday. A driver who was going the incorrect way on a highway crashed into another car head-on, police said. Both vehicles were going more than 70 miles per hour.

A man said to be 19 was killed as a result of the accident, police said. Meanwhile, a passenger, who is 16, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to the hospital. The driver, who was allegedly going in the wrong direction, fled from the accident scene on foot and was found hours later. He was arrested after being suspected of operating his vehicle while he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Besides facing criminal charges, the man who was arrested might face a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family members of the dead man. The family may seek the payment of financial losses tied to the fatal crash. The injured passenger may also opt to file a personal injury claim against the alleged wrong-way vehicle operator, with a successful outcome potentially leading to financial restitution that can cover medical treatment costs. If the charged driver ends up getting convicted of his charges, proof of this may help the defendants to make their cases regarding the driver’s liability in this California car accident.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Teen Killed in Azusa Wrong-Way Crash Identified", Samia Khan and Oleevia Woo, Aug. 9, 2014

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