A recent car crash on California’s Interstate Highway 280 left three people dead and two people seriously injured. The accident occurred on the highway just outside of Redwood City. According to the California Highway Patrol, three passengers were killed when their Lexus sedan stopped with a flat tire in the center median. While stopped, a Volkswagen SUV crashed into their car, causing the fatal accident. The driver of the Lexus was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries, however the other passengers died at the scene.

The driver of the SUV that crashed into the Lexus was an 82-year-old San Jose resident. He suffered major injuries in the accident and was also taken to a local hospital. According to the California Highway Patrol, the San Jose man was traveling “at a high rate of speed” when the car crash occurred. The accident backed u p traffic for hours on I-280, U.S. Highway 101 and other Bay Area roadways.

An accident investigation is currently underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash. A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said the accident serves as a deadly reminder to Bay Area motorists of the importance of being vigilant while driving on the area’s freeways.

If one of our California readers or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by another motorist, they may be entitled to file a civil claim. There are many circumstances in which victims may be entitled to recover damages. Getting the right information about legal options is the first step in exploring the possibility of filing such a claim.

Source: CBS, “Coroner IDs 3 killed in I-280 Redwood City crash,” Dec. 15, 2012