Inattentive drivers place themselves and all others on the road at risk. Just a momentary lapse in focus can lead to a serious car accident that severely injuries or kills other vehicle occupants. Such seems to be the case in a recent crash in California that claimed the lives of two people.
Details of the crash
Just after 1 p.m. on July 16, a 23-year-old man was driving a Hyundai Sonata along U.S. 395. Also in the car was a 22-year-old female passenger. As they were traveling along the road around 65 mph, they struck the backend of a Freightliner tractor-trailer that was traveling much slower on the road.
The collision caused serious injuries to each of the Sonata’s occupants, and both died at the scene. The truck driver did not suffer injuries. The California Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation.
As the male driver of the Sonata was likely distracted or otherwise not focused on driving to slow down and avoid hitting the truck, the surviving family of the deceased woman can pursue a wrongful claim against the driver’s estate along with anyone else who had ownership interest in his vehicle. In order to increase their chances of obtaining a successful outcome, they will want to work with an experienced California personal injury attorney. A lawyer will analyze all aspects of the crash and work to help grieving parties obtain the maximum amount of compensation allowed under the law.