When a family member or loved one dies as the result of a fatal accident, it is always devastating. What makes it worse is when the death was preventable. When a company intentionallycuts corners to save money or negligently puts a dangerous product into the market, that company needs to be held responsible for the injuries and deaths that result.
Car accidents in California are a regular occurrence, and fatal accidents are far too common. Though sometimes the victim is at fault, oftentimes another driver is to blame, whether from reckless driving, drunk driving or another cause. When there is a fatal car crash caused by another person, the victim's family is often left wondering what they can do to be compensated for their loss. Many families choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a driver who was at fault.
California residents are involved in car accidents daily, and approximately eight Californians die as a result of a car crash every day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Oftentimes, a fatal accident can be attributed to another driver's negligence. In these tragic situations, the victims' loved ones and family members may elect to file a wrongful death cause of action.
A trip that began with a sense of hope and inspiration for low-income students that may actually be able to attend college ended in disaster when a crash left 10 people including students, chaperones and drivers fatally injured. There were three tour buses full of students and chaperones traveling from Los Angeles to a college campus approximately 650 miles north.
Residents of California may be familiar with police chases that happen on the roadways of the state. However, what they may not be aware of is that, sometimes, innocent bystanders are injured during these incidents. Last year, a 33-year-old California man was fatally injured when he was struck while walking through a crosswalk. The vehicle that struck him was fleeing from police.
When an accident occurs on the roadways of California, there is always the potential for injury. Unfortunately, sometimes these injuries are catastrophic or even fatal. As previous postings have discussed, there is always the possibility that the injured party, or their family in the case of a fatal accident, can recover damages from another involved driver if that person was negligent.
In California and across the country there are numerous negligent behaviors that can lead to the occurrence of a car accident. One behavior that leads to especially tragic, and often fatal, accidents is driving while under the influence of alcohol. A fatal accident that recently occurred in California exhibited this very principle.
Previous postings in this blog have discussed the dangers involved when large commercial motor vehicles collide with other, smaller cars with which they are sharing the road. An accident that occurred in November of 2009 is a perfect example of how tragic these accidents can be. The recent decision by the court system regarding this fatal accident is also a good example of the compensation injured parties may be able to recover.
One man is dead and a woman is seriously injured after a driver ran a red light in San Diego. The accident occurred shortly before 11:00 in the morning and involved at least four vehicles. According to police, the fatal accident occurred when a westbound vehicle ran a red light at an intersection and struck two southbound vehicles that were both turning to go east. This initial collision led to some chain reaction collisions.
Drivers traveling the roadways of California should always be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicycle riders. However, this is even more important in school zones where numerous children are present. These areas are often very busy shortly before and after school, and if drivers are not paying very close attention a pedestrian, bicycle rider or someone else may easily get injured.