Authorities with the California Highway Patrol reported that a three-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 101 in Novato resulted in the deaths of two people. According to reports, the major accident occurred on Nov. 23 just after 12 a.m. Law enforcement responded to the scene after receiving multiple emergency calls regarding a wrong-way driver on the highway.

Upon arriving, officers reportedly found that a northbound sedan traveling in the southbound lanes had collided head-on with another sedan carrying a male driver and his female passenger. After this initial wreck, the southbound car overturned and was struck by a southbound pickup truck.

Both drivers involved in the head-on collision were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency personnel. The female passenger was transported to an area hospital for treatment of moderate to major injuries. The pickup truck driver was uninjured in the accident. Law enforcement authorities indicated that they believe the wrong-way driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Despite the risks posed to themselves and others, many people continue to drink and drive, injuring and killing hundreds of people each year in California. When people are killed due to the actions of drunk drivers, the grief of surviving family members is often compounded by significant financial losses. By filing a wrongful death claim, family members may be able to recover compensatory damages for the economic and non-economic losses they incurred as a result of the death. In cases in which the drunk driver is also killed in the accident, families may be able to assert a wrongful death claim against the drunk driver’s estate.

Source: CBS San Francisco , “2 Die In Novato Head-On Crash Caused By Wrong-Way Driver On Hwy 101“, November 23, 2014