The California Highway Patrol has reported that four people died and four others were seriously injured in a head-on collision on March 1. The accident, which involved a sedan and a pickup truck, took place in Santa Cruz County at approximately 8:00 p.m. Police say that alcohol consumption or drug use may have contributed to the crash.
According to a CHP report, the car accident was caused by a Mercedes sedan that crossed into the path of oncoming traffic and struck a pickup truck head-on. Police say that evidence of drinking was discovered at the accident scene, and witnesses are said to have told officers that the car had been speeding and swerving between lanes immediately prior to the crash.
The 22-year-old man behind the wheel of the Mercedes was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services personnel. Three of the car's six passengers also died in the crash. They were a 19-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl. The 56-year-old driver of the pickup truck and the sedan's remaining three passengers were taken by paramedics to an area medical facility with injuries that were described as serious. Police say that none of the sedan's occupants were wearing safety belts at the time of the collision.
Wrong-way collisions often occur at high speeds and without warning, and the driver of the pickup truck was likely given little or no time to evade the reckless driver. The injuries suffered in this type of accident are often catastrophic in nature, and accident victims may be unable to work for prolonged periods. A personal injury attorney could pursue a lawsuit on behalf of those who are injured due to the negligent actions of another driver, seeking damages that could include medical expenses and lost wages.
Source: ABC News, "4 people killed, 4 others injured in California car crash", Associated Press, Mar. 2, 2015