A major crash in California claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl. The accident happened on March 14 in Madera County on Highway 41.
According to law enforcement authorities, a 70-year-old man driving a pickup truck crossed the centerline of the highway, striking an oncoming sedan head-on. The 13-year-old girl was reportedly riding in the backseat of the sedan. She succumbed to her injuries. A 19-year-old woman who was also riding in the car suffered injuries reported as major. She had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. The sedan's 48-year-old driver also suffered injuries characterized as major.
The pickup truck's driver and his wife both suffered minor to moderate injuries in the accident. Law enforcement officials indicated they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the collision. Police were still investigating the accident's cause at the time of the report.
Head-on collisions are often especially catastrophic, causing serious injury or death. When a person dies in an accident caused by a driver's negligence, such as crossing the centerline, the victim's family may be left reeling with grief and battling significant financial costs at the same time. The family of a person killed in such an accident may want to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the driver for their negligence. Through a lawsuit, a family may be able to hold a driver civilly liable for the economic and non-economic losses that are incurred. A personal injury attorney might be able to provide help with identifying all claims, drafting and filing the complaint and advocating on their client's behalf to secure recovery.
Source: KFSN, "Teen girl killed in Madera County head-on crash identified," March 16, 2015
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