Many drivers in California take every precaution to ensure their personal safety as well as the safety of their passengers. However, there is often little a driver can do at a traffic light with a vehicle rapidly approaching from behind. Unfortunately, the California Highway Patrol claims that a recent fatal accident involved slow traffic due to a recently changed traffic light.
The incident happened one evening on a day in January. According to reports, traffic was moving slowly at an intersection after a traffic light changed to green. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a man driving a pickup truck at 45 mph slammed into the back of a vehicle. Two women in that vehicle, ages 48 and 25, died as a result of impact injuries. A third occupant, a man, suffered major injuries.
The force of the impact caused a chain-reaction collision that involved a total of four vehicles. No other injuries were reported in the collision. Though it is unclear if criminal charges are expected to be filed as a result of the incident, the investigation is ongoing.
While law enforcement officials in California are working to determine the exact cause of the fatal accident, a family is now left mourning the unexpected death of their family members while a man may have a long path to recovery. Medical bills, lost wages and funeral expenses often create additional burdens for victims who are already under a great deal of stress. As such, they may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party deemed responsible for an accident resulting in injury. An attorney with experience with these cases can provide advice regarding the best course of action and ongoing support.