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California rear-end collision kills 1, injures 4

The driver of a Ford travelling in the No. 1 lane of northbound 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar collided with the back of a Toyota near Pathfinder Road at around 12:20 p.m. on Feb. 16 after failing to notice that traffic was slowing down. The Ford then veered into the No. 2 lane and struck a Lexus's left rear corner. Both the Ford and Toyota spun clockwise and struck the center dividing wall. The front of the Ford then struck the right side of the Toyota before both vehicles stopped in the HOV lane.

Officials pronounced the woman sitting in the Toyota's right rear seat dead at the scene. A woman sitting in the Toyota's left rear was transported to a local medical center for treatment of major injuries. The Toyota's male driver and other female passenger along with the Ford's driver all suffered only minor injuries, and the Lexus's driver was uninjured. The California Highway Patrol stated that the accident blocked the No. 1 and HOV lane for about three hours.

In a motor vehicle accident that results in a fatality, the decedent's family may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. The at-fault party is normally the one who was negligent in some way and caused the accident to occur. One major cause of accidents is a distracted driver, though a completed accident report will sometimes indicate who may have been responsible.

An attorney can assist a decedent's family with filing a wrongful death claim, which could help the family to receive compensation for funeral expenses, lost income and loss of companionship, depending on the situation. The attorney can explain all of the types of compensation that may be awarded under California wrongful death statutes.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, "1 killed in collision on northbound 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar", Stephanie K. Baer, Feb. 17, 2015

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