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A fatal California accident involved a semi carrying hot oil

A 71-year-old woman from Seaside apparently caused a chain reaction, which resulted in a three-vehicle accident during the afternoon of April 30. She was driving a 2012 Mazda eastbound on Highway 46 close to the Cholame "Y" when, according to the California Highway Patrol, the Mazda wandered into the westbound lane. The female driver of the Mazda died in the subsequent crash, and her name was not initially released by the CHP.

When the Mazda drifted into the westbound lane, it was in the path of a big rig hauling 8,000 gallons of oil. The truck driver tried unsuccessfully to avoid the crash, and ultimately, the force propelled the Mazda back into the lane it had left. At this point, the Mazda crashed into a 2014 Toyota, and the semi-truck's trailer of hot oil disconnected and rolled 65 feet down the road embankment, without further report of incident. However, portions of Highway 46 remained closed for several hours. The male truck driver and the female driver of the Toyota incurred unknown injuries in the collision.

Motorists suffering injuries caused by other drivers may find that contacting a personal injury attorney is helpful. Depending on their injuries, those involved in a vehicle accident may have recurring medical problems, need multiple surgeries or require physical therapy. Healing from a vehicle accident could take time and lead to lost wages.

An attorney who understands the laws pertaining to personal injury might help accident victims in many ways. For example, lawyers may obtain accident investigation reports and negotiate settlements with insurance companies. If an injured person questions whether their case warrants further action, an attorney might offer advice based on the facts of the vehicle accident.

Source: The Tribune, "Woman, 71, killed in 3-vehicle crash on High way. 46 near Cholame 'Y'," Gabby Ferreira, April 30, 2017

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