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Was California Fatal Accident a Wrongful Death?

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

An unidentified man was killed in a car accident on a quiet country road recently. He was the passenger in the one-vehicle crash that took place in the early morning, and his family may wish to seek retribution for wrongful death. California police have reported that the driver appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed. The investigation is still ongoing to determine if there were other contributing causes, such as alcohol or drugs.

The accident occurred on Oct. 10 close to 7 a.m. The driver is estimated to have been traveling too fast when he is presumed to have somehow lost control of the vehicle. The automobile then careened into a ditch, traveled up an embankment, cleared another country lane, and then flipped several times.

The car finally came to a stop right side up. The unknown passenger was tossed partly out of the vehicle and, as a result, he was crushed and sustained fatal injuries. Police have not yet released the man's identity. The driver of the car was also seriously injured in the crash. He was transported by a medical helicopter to the nearest major trauma center.

Not only will the driver have to deal with recovering from his injuries, but he may face legal and civil repercussions as well. Because it is certain the man was speeding at the time of the accident, he could be considered responsible for the victim's death. California laws permit the victim's family to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. Such a civil action could allow the family to seek relief from some of the financial burdens they may have to cope with in the aftermath of their loss.

Source:, Fatal traffic accident on rural road near Winters reported by CHP, No author, Oct. 10, 2013