Residents of California and also those that are visiting the state for any reason must exercise a reasonable amount of care when operating a motorized vehicle on the state's roadways. There are laws in place that require this behavior, and when someone does not exercise the required minimum level of care and an accident results, that individual may be held liable for negligently causing injury to others.
An accident that recently occurred in California left three people, two of which were children, fatally injured. The accident occurred at around 10:30 in the evening. A Toyota holding two adults and three children was driving down the road when it was rear-ended by a Tesla.
The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the car accident and reported that the Toyota was on fire and that three of the five passengers were trapped inside. They were pronounced dead upon arrival. Authorities believe that they were related. The other two passengers in the Toyota were extracted from the vehicle and taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the Tesla, a 58-year-old man, suffered only minor injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the accident, and they are unsure whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the occurrence of the accident. In general, an accident investigation can determine whether one party was at fault, which may be of help to the injured parties and the families of those who died if they want to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death suit. Should such a suit succeed, the driver would then be held responsible for providing the monetary compensation the injured parties and their families need to achieve recovery.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "One Adult, Two Children Dead After Crash in Palmdale," Samia Khan and Oleevia Woo, July 6, 2014