It seems that over the years, car manufacturers continue to strive to upgrade safety features. However, despite their improvements, car accidents still occur, often as a result of the decisions that drivers make. Unfortunately, a recent fatal crash in California remains under investigation.
The incident happened one afternoon on a day in June. According to reports, the 54-year-old male driver of a van apparently lost control. As a result, the van left the highway before striking a utility pole, knocking the pole off its platform. The van continued on before striking a tree. Unfortunately, representatives from the California Highway Patrol claims that the van came to a rest on "dry foliage," causing a fire.
The driver of the van exited the vehicle, but the four passengers were removed by police officers, just before the van became fully engulfed. One of the passengers, a 65-year-old woman, died at the hospital as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. Although the accident is still being investigated, police do not suspect that alcohol or drugs were contributing factors.
Unfortunately, car accidents such as this often have devastating consequences on surviving families. In addition to the grief associated with an unexpected loss, many families in California also struggle financially. Funeral expenses in combination with lost wages are often more than many can handle. In a situation where a death was the result of another's negligence, filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be beneficial. An attorney with experience with such cases can help surviving family member evaluate their cases and determine the most appropriate course of action.
Source: kron4.com, "65-year-old Gilroy woman killed in fiery San Jose crash", June 19, 2017