According to the California Highway Patrol, a head-on collision that happened around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 fatally wounded four individuals and seriously injured another. The incident took place near Sacramento in Fair Oaks.
The CHP stated that a 26-year-old man driving a 2003 Subaru Outback was traveling north on San Juan Avenue when the driver of a 1992 Buick LeSabre who was traveling south suddenly crossed over the center line and struck the Outback head-on. The driver of the Outback was seriously injured; tests showed that he was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
The collision caused the Buick to become engulfed in flames; three of the five passengers burned to death inside the car. A nearby resident was able to pull two of the other passengers out of the burning car, but one of them died at the scene. The other passenger was taken to a local hospital where she was in critical condition.
A spokesman for the CHP stated that the investigation was ongoing and very difficult. Several of the passengers in the Buick weren't wearing their seat belts, but officials were unsure whether alcohol was involved. They reported their intentions to conduct a toxicology test on the driver and believed that speed was also a factor in the collision.
In a case like this where intoxicated or otherwise negligent driving may have contributed to a car crash that seriously injured an individual, it is possible that the injured party may hire an attorney to assist in recouping expenses resulting from the incident. If negligence of the other driver is proven, the victim might be able to receive compensation to help with medical expenses and lost wages.
Source: Fox News, "4 dead in fiery Northern Calif. car crash", December 26, 2014