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Wrong-way car accidents may prove fatal in California

A reported wrong-way collision recently snatched a man's life in California. In addition, the man's girlfriend suffered injuries. These types of car accidents may sometimes result from the carelessness of a single driver, in which case this driver may be held financially responsible for the deaths and injuries resulting form the accident.

Authorities said that at about 12:30 a.m., they got reports about a driver going west in the lanes heading east along the 118 Freeway. They then were notified about a collision that occurred in the highway's carpool lanes. Police reportedly learned that a man was going in the wrong direction in a lane for carpoolers and ended up colliding with a car head-on.

The 38-year-old driver of the car that was struck passed away in the crash, and his girlfriend, 25, suffered serious injuries. The family reported that the woman injured her tongue, suffered a cracked jaw, cut her intestine and damaged her liver. In addition, one of her lungs collapsed, four of her ribs were broken, and she suffered a bruised kidney along with a torn aorta. The man who allegedly caused the accident also lost his life in the wreck. Police continued to investigate if alcohol or drugs were causal factors in the crash.

The surviving loved ones of the man who died in the California crash may decide to file a wrongful death claim, while his surviving girlfriend may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit, seeking damages. Even though the man who allegedly caused the wrong-way crash died in it, his estate may still become the subject of litigation and so may anyone else with an ownership interest in the car he was operating at the time of the collision. Liability needs to be established before the court before claims for monetary damages will be decided in civil cases involving these types of car accidents.

Source: abc7.com, "Simi Valley man killed, girlfriend severely injured in wrong-way crash on 118 Fwy near Porter Ranch", Jade Hernandez, Nov. 19, 2017

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