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Head-on car accident in California results in teen girl's death

One teenage girl was killed and four other people were injured in a California car accident that occurred on March 14. Other than indicating that police believed alcohol was not a contributing factor in the crash, reports did not disclose possible causes of the accident.

The accident occurred at about noon on Highway 41 in Madera County. Police said that a northbound Toyota Tundra crossed the centerline and entered the southbound lanes, where it collided head-on with a southbound Toyota Corolla carrying three people. Witnesses believe that the Tundra, driven by a 70-year-old Los Banos man, was traveling at least 55 mph at the time of the crash. Damage to the Corolla was so extensive that it took firefighters about an hour to extricate the car's three occupants.

Ambulance crews took the Corolla's occupants to a hospital. A 13-year-old girl who was riding in that car died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. The Corolla's 48-year-old driver and a 19-year-old female passenger suffered major injuries.

The 70-year-old man driving the Tundra and his wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered minor to moderate injuries. California Highway Patrol investigators were trying to determine what caused the man to cross into oncoming traffic.

Families struggling with the loss of children in fatal car accidents often have trouble overcoming the financial costs of a sudden death while coping with their feelings of grief. Filing wrongful death suits against negligent drivers often eases the economic damages that families incur after fatal car accidents. Personal injury attorneys often provide legal advice to victims considering seeking compensation from the drivers who caused their loved ones' accidents

Source: KFSN, "Teen girl killed in Madera County head-on crash identified," March 16, 2015

Source: KFSN, 'Highway 41 crash leaves 5 injured," March 14, 2015

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