Injury Law Blog

Car accident leads to 1 death, many injuries

A recent crash led to an injury and fatality in California recently. The car accident took place on a Friday in the area of Highway 41 in Fresno County, according to authorities. It began when a 19-year-old woman was driving her vehicle southbound on the highway at night, police said.

The woman ended up going into the lane heading north and crossed another car’s path. That car was driven by a 23-year-old woman. The driver in the second car suffered major injuries in the crash, and she was transported to the hospital.

The driver in the first car also suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital. Her male passenger, said to be 19, died in the wreck; he reportedly was not wearing a seat belt. Two other 18-year-old passengers in the first car suffered injuries deemed to be minor and were transported to a medical center; these two were wearing seat belts, according to officials. Police continued to investigate why the southbound car ended up going into the northbound lane.

Failure to maintain one’s lane may be considered negligent driver behavior. The family of the deceased victim may decide to sue the woman who is said to have entered the wrong lane, seeking damages that can help them to cover his burial costs, the loss of support and other expenses related to the car accident. Meanwhile, the injured victims may choose to file California personal injury claims. The civil court will only decide their claims for damages if and when liability has adequately been established by a preponderance of the evidence.

Source: visaliatimesdelta.com, “Tulare woman critical after fatal Fresno County crash“, Luis Hernandez, Nov. 17, 2014