California 5-Vehicle Crash Leaves 3 Injured, 1 Dead

Authorities said the five-vehicle crash that took place just after 6 p.m. in Irvine resulted in four hospitalizations. Officials pronounced one victim, a 34-year-old man, dead on Aug. 4.

A California Highway Patrol statement indicated that the multiple vehicle wreck occurred southbound on Interstate 405 near the Von Karman Avenue exit. The report also said that a 52-year-old man driving a Ford Windstar in the left lane didn't see the traffic stopped ahead of him in time to brake. Accident records stated that he crashed into the 2013 Toyota Prius ahead of him. The Highway Patrol also said three more vehicles were hit in the rear one after the other: a 2012 Volkswagen Passat, Chevrolet Trailblazer and 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The Orange County Fire Authority said paramedics found one victim trapped on the scene. Authorities also said he suffered traumatic injuries before the ambulance took him to the hospital where he died. The three other persons suffered minor injuries, according to reports.

Personal injury lawyers work with accident reconstruction specialists and investigators when they formulate a case. They also analyze police reports to determine liability when multi-car crashes occur. A legal representative also examines medical records to learn more about injury severity and how it affects the plaintiff's life. Other aspects such as vehicle and road condition also could provide evidence the legal representative can use in court.

Victims and families could receive compensation for hospital stay, funeral arrangements and vehicle repair. They also might receive money for pain and suffering, and victims' families could receive a wrongful death settlement if they lost a loved one.

Source: Orange County Register, "Driver killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-405", Salvador Hernandez, August 07, 2014

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