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Car Runs Red Light, Causes Car Crash and Possible Wrongful Death

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Traffic signals keep order on the roads. They keep traffic flowing. They keep traffic jams from piling up in any one direction, and they enforce a sense of fairness, as each group of travelers takes turns. A California family recently discovered that the system is not always followed from time to time, however, and a car crash can have the worst possible outcome.

On a recent morning two vehicles were approaching an intersection. A blue car was traveling westbound. A gray car was traveling northbound.

Authorities have not concluded which car ran the red light as of yet. What is clear is that the two vehicles collided, and the driver of the blue car passed away at the scene. The driver of the gray car was a young man, but authorities have not released his name or his condition.

Authorities report that, at this point, no arrests have been made. It was not immediately available if they considered drugs or alcohol to be contributing factors in the accident. Since they are still investigating the incident, they may be considering speed and distraction as possible factors.

It is not yet clear whether any charges will be filed against the surviving driver. The deceased's surviving family members may have the right to file a wrongful death claim under California law, if authorities determine that negligent or reckless actions on the part of the surviving driver caused the fatal car crash. Successfully litigated wrongful death claims can help cover final costs and pain and suffering. Likewise, if the deceased is proven to have been at fault, the surviving victim may have the right to pursue compensation via a personal injury claim, which can cover his medical bills and rehabilitation costs.

Source:, Man dies after a car runs a red light at Eucalyptus, Fairfax, Anne Stegen, Nov. 23, 2013