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4 Injured, Drivers In Critical Condition in California Accident

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

A head-on collision in Contra Costa County left four people injured, two critically. The two-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m. on Byron Highway close to North Bruns Way. Both the female driver of the silver Chrysler 300 sedan and the male driver of the Ford Windstar minivan were critically injured, according to the California Highway Patrol. Two passengers in the minivan were taken to the hospital, but their injuries were minor.

Although police do not know what caused the collision or which driver was at fault, the investigation continues. One authority reported that it is likely that one of the drivers drifted past the double yellow lines on the road, causing the accident. Police have also requested assistance from anyone who may have witnessed the collision. Traffic was directed around the scene of the accident at approximately 8:45 a.m., and at 9 a.m. authorities lifted the traffic alert related to the scene.

Once it is determined which driver was at fault for the car crash, the injured victims may pursue a civil lawsuit for damages. Because both drivers sustained serious injuries that could potentially impact their ability to return to work, the not at-fault driver may be eligible for lost wages compensation as well. Although the extent of the injuries of the two minivan passengers is unknown, they may be eligible for compensation based on their medical expenses and pain and suffering as well.

Source: Contra Costa Times, "Contra Costa County: 4 hospitalized after head-on crash on Byron Highway," Rick Hurd, Jan. 6, 2015