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Single-vehicle crash in California claims 2 lives, injures 1

The California Highway Patrol report that two young women died from injuries they suffered in a single vehicle crash during the early morning hours of Nov. 1. The driver of the vehicle, who was also another young woman, was severely injured in the accident.

According to the report, the accident took place on Franklin Canyon Road in Contra Costa County when an SUV suddenly swerved from the roadway and crashed into a tree. Two of the vehicle's occupants were instantly killed, and an ambulance took the driver to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Law enforcement officials said that the driver had apparently dozed at the wheel while traveling around 60 mph.

According to preliminary investigations, the SUV driver was not found to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. However, because the young woman was driving with a provisional license, she might be fined. Those who drive with provisional licenses are not allowed to operate a vehicle alone between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The license also requires drivers to have an adult older than 25 riding with them when there are other occupants in the vehicle younger than 20.

An individual who is injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of another driver might consider seeking compensation. An attorney who handles these types of matters will review police investigation reports and other evidence to establish negligence. Such evidence can include road and weather condition evaluations as well as eyewitness statements. A plaintiff who prevails in a personal injury lawsuit could recover restitution for medical expenses, income losses and other damages stemming from the crash.

Source: SF Gate, "2 Pleasant Hill teens killed in car crash IDd", Jenna Lyons, Nov. 2, 2015

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