Highway accidents can be extremely dangerous for drivers and passengers inside of a vehicle. Onlookers are generally limited to those rubbernecking from other vehicles that have slowed down due to closed lanes, as highways are not conducive to pedestrian witnesses. However, every once in a while another driver may witness a serious car accident in progress and stop to render aid.
One driver did just that-but unfortunately become a victim himself. On a recent early morning on Interstate 280, a Honda rear-ended a Toyota, causing the second vehicle to crash into the center divider of the highway. A third driver, a man from Redwood City, pulled over onto the right shoulder of the highway. As the man attempted to cross the interstate to reach the scene of the accident, he was hit and killed by another driver. Two passengers from the Toyota were injured and taken to a local hospital.
According to the California Highway Patrol, in 2010, highway accidents left nearly 230,000 people injured in the state and killed over 2,700 people. When someone is injured in a highway accident, courts look to many factors to determine who may be liable for any injuries caused by the accident. Failure to meet the required level of care by a driver could give rise to liability if that failure caused the accident. Neglecting to use appropriate turn signals, speeding or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are all activities that may constitute negligence.
In this highway accident, the driver of the Honda has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and felony DUI that caused injuries. Authorities are requesting that anyone who witnessed the accident contact police.
Source: MercuryNews.com, "Redwood City: Driver fatally struck after pulling over to help crash victims," David DeBolt, July 22, 2013
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