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Wrongful death: Teen killed in California collision; arrest made

Teenagers often have great plans for their future. They likely expect that in the coming years they will work toward their family and career goals. Unfortunately, the plans of a California teen were cut short after she was involved in a fatal car accident. Her surviving family members may be considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit as a result of their loss.

The accident that resulted in her death happened one evening on a day in January. According to reports, she was driving a sedan when she attempted a left turn at an intersection. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a woman driving a sports utility vehicle was speeding toward the intersection. The two vehicles collided.

Although rescue workers transported the 18-year-old driver of the sedan to the hospital, she reportedly passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. Both she and her two passengers required extrication. Reports indicate that the passengers suffered minor injuries while the driver of the SUV suffered major ones. The latter was arrested, suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

No family is prepared for the news that they will be planning the funeral of their teenager. Unfortunately, grief is not the only consequence of an unexpected death. Many families in California are left struggling financially as well as emotionally. When a loss comes as a result of another's negligence, surviving family members often opt to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party believed to be responsible. An attorney with experience with such cases can help these victims fully understand their legal options and take appropriate action.

Source:, "Fontana teenager dies in two-car crash on Jan. 11; three other people are injured", Jan. 17, 2018

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