Two California residents suffered injuries when a car drifted into oncoming traffic on Sept. 18 at 11:45 a.m. The California Highway Patrol reports the driver of that car, who was a resident of Granite Bay, was killed in the car accident.
The wreck occurred on Highway 116, also known as Lakeville Highway, near Petaluma. CHP reported that an 83-year-old man was driving a Lexus north on the highway when it crossed into the southbound lane and struck a BMW head on. The individual who was driving the Lexus, which was traveling at a rate that was estimated to be about 50 mph to 55 mph, died at the scene. According to a report, officials who were investigating the accident did not believe that that driver had been impaired when the crash occurred.
The man's passenger, a 56-year-old woman, suffered moderate injuries in the car accident, and the man who was driving the BMW had to be cut from his vehicle. That driver, a 53-year-old Sea Ranch resident, suffered major injuries. Both victims were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment.
In similar situations, passengers in the at-fault driver's car may be able to file personal injury claims against the driver who allegedly caused the crash. Injured occupants of other vehicles struck by this driver also might also be able to pursue claims. Those who are injured due to the negligence of another person may want to consult with a personal injury attorney who may be able to help them build a case for compensation. For example, the attorney could review the available reports and gather evidence that might suggest that the defendant was negligent and liable for the damages suffered by the plaintiff.
Source: KTVU, "Man dies in crash on Highway 116 near Petaluma", September 18, 2014