The California Highway Patrol confirmed that three people died as the result of two separate Nov. 28 accidents. One incident claimed the lives of a 23-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman, reportedly. In an earlier wreck, a 60-year-old man was killed when his car crossed the centerline and struck a gardening truck, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials indicated that the 23-year-old man in the later event was driving recklessly at the time of the crash, which occurred on Grapefruit Boulevard in Thermal. After crashing into a concrete barrier, the man purportedly crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided head-on with another vehicle. CHP reportedly suspects that alcohol played a role in the collision.

In the earlier accident, which occurred on County Club Drive, the passengers in the gardening truck did not report suffering any serious injuries. The 60-year-old man was driving a Honda with one passenger, who did suffer injuries in the accident. The passenger was hospitalized for injuries that officials depicted as moderate.

Following fatal car accidents like the ones in Coachella Valley, multiple types of legal action may take place. While criminal charges may be filed against drivers who law enforcement officials suspect violated the law at the time of the crash, deceased victims' families may wish to hold culpable parties accountable for the fatal event through civil action. In specific, bereaved family members may file a wrongful death claim in connection with the deadly crash, allowing them to seek monetary compensation for their losses. In the event that there is strong evidence indicating the at-fault driver was impaired at the time of the accident, the chances of the wrongful death lawsuit prevailing may improve.

Source: KESQ, "Alcohol contributed to deadly crash in Thermal", Samantha Cortese, December 01, 2014