Injury Law Blog

Car accident leads to death of women, children in California

Hearing that loved ones have been killed in a car accident can be traumatizing, sparking grief and disbelief. However, seeing these loved ones die before one’s eyes can cause even deeper emotional scars and distress. It is natural for the family members of those who die in such a car accident in California to feel angry and to seek questions to their answers.

In a recent case, a car wreck took place when a 41-year-old woman was driving at about 60 mph. She reportedly did not stop at a stop sign at an intersection and ended up crashing into another car and causing a fire. The second car held four children and their mother, while a vehicle that was following behind them was driven by the woman’s husband.

The husband tried to free his wife and their children but to no avail. The woman and kids all died in the wreckage. The man suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have contributed to the crash, according to police.

The woman who allegedly failed to heed the stop sign may be held liable for the deaths of the driver and passengers in the other car. The surviving family of the deceased car accident victims have the right to pursue a wrongful death suit against her, seeking damages that can be used to cover funerals and other end-of-life expenses. Running a stop sign in California can be deemed a negligent or reckless act. Liability has to be established through competent proof submitted to a civil court before the court will consider the specific items of financial damage claimed.

Source: Los Angeles Times,Woman, 4 children die in Fresno-area crash; husband tried to save them, Scott Gold, Feb. 16, 2014