1 dead, 2 injured in wrong-way crash in California

A woman was killed in San Diego County after her car crashed into a car that police said was traveling in the wrong direction. Officers with the California Highway Patrol arrived at the site of the 1:30 a.m. accident to find the woman dead and two people seriously injured. They suspect drugs or alcohol was a contributing factor in the wreck.

Accident details

The fatal California car accident occurred on Interstate 15. According to authorities, a 32-year-old woman was south on the highway when a car traveling north struck her motor vehicle. The northbound automobile was reportedly traveling on the wrong side of the roadway.

The CHP reported that the second car kept going and crashed into a third vehicle. First responders freed the woman from the first car but pronounced her dead at the crash scene. Her female passenger and the male driver of the second car suffered serious injuries and were transported to a hospital.

How an attorney can help

The surviving family members of the deceased woman may file a wrongful death claim against the driver believed to have caused the crash. Likewise, the injured passenger may file a personal injury claim against him, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained because of the crash. If the man is convicted of any criminal charges regarding the fatal California accident, proof of the conviction may be presented in civil court to establish negligence per se. A successfully presented claim would likely lead to an award of monetary damages to cover their accident-related losses, such as medical expenses and funeral costs.

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