One person was killed and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle wreck in California on August 4. The accident occurred just after 6:00 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 405 according the California Highway Patrol.
Authorities reported that traffic on the interstate had come to a standstill prior the crash. The incident began when a Ford Windstar, driven by a 52-year-old man, crashed into the back of a Toyota Prius. A chain reaction of collisions followed when the Prius was pushed into a Volkswagen sedan, which in turn hit a Chevrolet SUV. That SUV struck a Nissan SUV.
The driver of the Prius, 34, had to be removed from the vehicle by personnel from the Orange County Fire Authority. He later passed away at a Santa Ana hospital. Three other victims were also treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
When people are injured or killed in car accidents, determining the causes of those incidents can be challenging for the people investigating them. Once fatal accident investigations conclude, the families of those killed may wish to proceed with wrongful death lawsuits. Attorneys experienced with those civil suits could help those families seek compensation for the harm caused to them by their loved ones' deaths.
In order to win wrongful death suits for their clients, attorneys must convince juries that defendants' negligence contributed to the victims' deaths. In civil cases tied to motor vehicle accidents, distracted driving, disobeying traffic laws or impairment from drugs or alcohol impairment would be examples of negligent behavior.
Source: Orange County Register, "Driver killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-405", Salvador Hernandez, August 07, 2014