Authorities report that a chain-reaction collision occurred in California on the evening of Aug 4. Five vehicles were involved, resulting in one death and injuries for three others.
According to police, a 52-year-old man driving southbound on Interstate 405 in a Ford Windstar rear-ended a 2013 Toyota Prius because he did not realize that traffic had stopped. The Prius was pushed into a Volkswagen Passat, which hit a Chevrolet Trailblazer. Finally, the Trailblazer collided with a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder.
The first car hit, the Prius, was driven by a 34-year-old man who became trapped in the car and suffered traumatic injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died. Three other victims of the accident were also injured and required treatment at the hospital.
In a motor vehicle accident involving multiple vehicles, attorneys representing the victims assemble a civil personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit by evaluating all of the available information and constructing a clear picture of liability. Reports from authorities such as the police who investigated the accident scene and the medical examiner's office, statements from eyewitnesses and footage from traffic cameras must all be reviewed. In addition, if there is any suspicion of impairment from drugs or alcohol, information about blood alcohol levels and field sobriety tests also become important.
When someone collides with another vehicle after failing to notice that traffic has stopped, that driver may be deemed liable for injuries suffered in the accident if attorneys can prove that he or she was negligent. If the accident results in a death, the family of the victim may have a claim for wrongful death if it can be demonstrated that the driver's negligence directly caused the death.
Source: Orange County Register, "Driver killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-405", Salvador Hernandez, August 07, 2014
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