California Collision Leaves 3 People Dead

Three people were fatally injured in a head-on collision in Ventura County near Point Mugu on March 17. The accident took place after midnight in the 7800 block of Pacific Coast Highway, said fire department officials. The United States Coast Guard and the Air National Guard participated in a shoreline search in order to determine if any victims had been thrown into the water. No victims were located in the search, and the location was cleared in time for the morning commute.

California highway officials believed that the driver of a Black Mercedes, traveling in the northbound lane of the highway, lost control of the vehicle. That vehicle reportedly hit an oncoming Honda that was driving in the southbound lanes. Authorities suspected that the vehicle may have been traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the accident, and the force of the impact partially ejected the driver of the Mercedes and severed the vehicle into two pieces, according to California highway officials.

The victim of a car crash can often sustain a range of physical, emotional and financial damages. Moderate to severe injuries could result in the accumulation of medical bills. Depending on the type of injury sustained, the victim may be unable to perform work-related duties, thereby incurring further financial loss. Accidents that result in permanent disability or death have the tendency to affect the victim's family. In these circumstances, the family tends to face difficult emotional and financial effects regarding the loss of the loved one.

The investigation of a fatal car crash may indicate that a particular party was at fault for the incident. A personal injury lawyer could be instrumental in negotiating an adequate settlement with the other party's insurance company or prepare a claim for possible trial.

Source: NBC Los Angeles "3 dead, vehicle split in half in PCH crash," Michael Larkin and Oleevia Woo, March 17, 2015

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