A woman was killed in a California car crash after another car reportedly rear-ended her. Authorities arrived at the scene of the 3:10 a.m. crash to find two cars overturned, one on its roof. They said drugs and alcohol did not contribute to the fatal wreck.
How the motor vehicle accident happened
The recent California collision occurred on Highway 168 near an off-ramp. According to the CHP, a 37-year-old woman was driving a car east on the highway. A 23-year-old man was driving behind her and reportedly struck her motor vehicle after losing control of his car.
Police said both cars flipped over, leaving the motorists pinned inside. Authorities freed the two drivers and took them to the hospital. The woman later died. The man suffered critical injuries in the accident, but they were not deemed life-threatening.
Legal recourse available following the accident
California officials might determine through their investigation that the male driver was negligent in a manner that caused the fatal accident, either by driving while distracted and/or at an unsafe speed. In this situation, the deceased woman’s surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death claim against him, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained as a result of the accident. They must establish liability before a judge will decide their claims for monetary damages. A successfully presented suit might lead to an award of financial damages to cover the woman’s burial expenses and other documented losses resulting from the accident, such as the loss of support for her surviving dependents.