The investigation is likely still ongoing to determine what exactly caused a driver to crash head-on into another vehicle. The car accident occurred on Monday in Salinas, California. Seven individuals sustained injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
A family of five was driving down the road when another car that was going in the opposite direction crossed into their lane, hitting them head-on. Among those injured were a 4-year-old little girl and her grandmother. California Highway Patrol and emergency responders arrived at the crash scene to help the victims and investigate the accident.
As a precautionary step, the road was closed down to make sure that no other issues such as toxic spills or fires occurred. Investigators are still trying to figure out why the car crossed into oncoming traffic. It appears that speed was not a factor, nor was the driver intoxicated at the time.
But for those who know the victims of the crash, the biggest concern is the recovery from the injuries. The father of the little girl who was injured was not in the vehicle, but arrived on the scene shortly after being informed of the crash. His two daughters, his mother, brother, and his wife were all injured in the crash. In addition, the two individuals in the other car also suffered major injuries.
After a serious car crash, accident victims are not only dealing with the physical injuries but financial challenges as well. The cost of medical treatment and after-care can be great and a debilitating injury can prevent an accident victim from working or participating in life as they had prior to the crash.
If the negligence of another driver caused the crash, the victims can seek compensation for some of the costs associated with their injuries. Not only that, but it can hold the negligent driver responsible for his or her actions.
Source: The Californian online, "Seven injured in Salinas head-on vehicle collision," Griselda D. Ramirez, 21 June 2011
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