Close to the north entrance of the University of California at Santa Cruz, a 20-year-old female driver suffered a head-on collision with a pickup truck on Empire Grade Road. The California Highway Patrol reported that the truck driver died and that the woman suffered injuries with the potential to kill her. She was airlifted to a nearby trauma center.
According to the CHP report, she had been traveling south in a 2001 Chevrolet van when a northbound 1991 Ford F-150 pickup truck crossed the solid double lines and hit the oncoming van. So far, the CHP investigation had determined that the woman driving the van had been obeying the speed limit.
The Santa Cruz County coroner's office identified the deceased driver of the pickup as a 44-year-old man from Aptos. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
When a severe accident happens, sometimes the investigation reveals that one of the drivers was reckless or negligent. Actions such as speeding, drinking or texting while driving could all be considered examples of failing to operate a vehicle safely. When such a failing results in a person being injured in a wreck, then the negligent driver might be held responsible with a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney might be able to explain to an injury victim what types of compensation he or she might recover with a lawsuit. Both the assets of the negligent driver and his or her insurance carrier might be accessed to create a monetary settlement. Payment for medical bills and lost income are typical forms of damages collected.
Source: Santa Cruz Patch, "Coroner IDs Man Who Died In Saturday Crash In Santa Cruz County," Susan Schena, March 30, 2015