California residents, and citizens nationwide, find busy highways and interstates to be commonplace. Quiet highways are less usual, making accidents that take place on such a highway more difficult for authorities to reconstruct due to a lack of witnesses. One recent car crash has proven that to be the case.
A two-car crash on Highway 280 near Los Altos Hills left one man dead and four people injured. A man with three passengers was traveling northbound when his BMW collided with a Nissan. This caused the BMW to hit a tree on the driver's side, throwing the driver from the car, even though he was wearing a seat belt. The collision also caused the Nissan to flip over. The force of the collision with the tree practically cut the car in half, front seat in one half and back seat in the other half.
The driver of the BMW was killed, although it was not immediately clear if he was pronounced dead on the scene. His three passengers all sustained minor to moderate injuries, and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Even though his car had flipped over, the driver of the Nissan only suffered minor injuries; though he, too, went to the hospital for treatment.
Even though it was early in the morning, authorities are still seeking witnesses. They are investigating what might have caused this car crash. In cases like this, they often consider factors such as speed, alcohol, drugs and weather. If any driver's actions are negligent and contribute to an accident, victims are protected under California law to seek compensation for any hardship that has been caused by the accident. This compensation can cover lost wages as well as medical bills.
Source: mercurynews.com, San Carlos man killed in two-car crash on Highway 280 near Los Altos Hills, Bonnie Eslinger, Jan. 6, 2014