The California Highway Patrol is investigating a head-on, two-car crash that resulted in the deaths of two people recently. Authorities say the car accident claimed the lives of the drivers of both vehicles. The question of driver negligence is a critical one that could well establish the foundation for legal action to recover damages for wrongful death.
Personal injury claims could also be associated with this accident in that one passenger from each of the vehicles was injured in the wreck. One Los Angeles man is reported to have suffered major injuries. Officials say the other victim, a Rialto man, suffered moderate injuries.
What officials confirm at this point is that a man and a woman died in the May 6 accident. The CHP says a Cadillac being driven by a 57-year-old Palmdale woman was going south on California 14 near Red Rover Mine Road at about 8:20 that morning. For reasons unknown, she crossed the median and into the path of a car in the oncoming lane and they collided.
The driver of the second car, a 39-year-old San Jacinto man, died at the scene. The driver of the Cadillac was taken to an area hospital, where she later died.
Any accident that ends in a wrongful death, whether it happens on our area roads or in a place of work or a residence, leaves a hole in the fabric of someone's life. Loved ones left in shock are often so bereft that they don't know what steps to take next.
The thought of seeking compensation may not be uppermost in anyone's mind at such times, but it is something that is best acted upon early. Consulting an experienced attorney to get the process started may also be a positive step toward progressing toward a sense of closure.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Two people killed in head-on collision in Antelope Valley," May 6, 2012