Only two months into 2013, serious car accidents continue to plague streets in the Contra Costa area. A recent car crash in Pittsburg across from Los Medanos College left one dead and another injured. Investigators believe alcohol may have contributed to the crash.
The car accident happened when the driver of a black BMW lost control of the vehicle on East Leland Road. The BMW hit the center median and crashed into a tree. The 34-year-old driver suffered serious injuries in the accident. He was taken to a local hospital, but later passed away from his injuries. An Antioch woman was a passenger in the vehicle, and was treated for her injuries at a hospital. She has since been released following treatment.
According to police, alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, along with speed and rain. Authorities would not immediately release a statement as to why alcohol was thought to be involved. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
For victims such as the passenger in this story, a personal injury claim may help recover damages against the person responsible for the accident. Car accidents and civil claims for relief are often associated with multi-vehicle crashes. However, single-car accidents can have serious - and deadly - consequences. This is especially true for accidents caused by drunk drivers. A personal injury claim will hold a negligent driver responsible for his or her actions. Passengers that have been injured at the hands of a negligent driver may be able to recover things such as medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Source: Contra Costa Times, "Pittsburg: driver dies one day after crash in front of Los Medanos College," Daniel M. Jimenez, Feb. 20, 2013.