Drivers in California and across the country are often instructed on the ways to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, road conditions can change so quickly, or other drivers could make unpredictable, unavoidable maneuvers, that even the safest of drivers do not have sufficient time to react. In fact, the California Highway Patrol is working to determine the cause of a fatal accident that killed one woman and sent four other people to the hospital.
The incident happened during the evening hours of a day in late August. According to reports, two vehicles, an SUV and a sedan, were both traveling approximately 80 mph in the northbound lanes of a California road. While the details of the accident are unclear, CHP reports indicate that the two vehicles sideswiped each other. The SUV is said to have overturned and landed in the median, while the sedan struck a guardrail.
Reports further claim that the driver of the SUV, a 52-year-old woman, died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. Two men in the SUV were transported to the hospital with minor injuries while a female, age unknown, was transported to a children’s hospital with major injuries. The driver of the sedan was also taken to the hospital with reports of minor injuries.
The accident resulted in a road closure that lasted for approximately an hour as emergency workers responded to the scene. CHP continues to investigate the car accident to determine its cause. Unfortunately, an accident such as this often comes with significant, long-term physical, mental and financial consequences. If the crash was the result of negligence, victims have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against those believed responsible. An attorney with experience with cases such as this can help carefully examine the details and determine the most appropriate response.