It is unfortunate, but car accidents happen all the time in California. Sometimes, accidents happen and can't be avoided, but more frequently accidents are caused by someone's negligent behavior. When people are distracted -- texting and driving, chatting on the phone or to passengers or eating -- while driving they are more likely to cause a serious car accident. Furthermore, when people do not follow the rules of the road by speeding, driving drunk or by breaking other traffic laws they are also more likely to cause car crashes.
The cause of a recent car accident in Santa Clara County is still under investigation. In this case, police say that two cars were traveling down Highway 280 at around 10:50 p.m. Somehow, the two cars collided with one another. The crash caused one car to roll down a nearby embankment -- just near Alpine Road.
One person was killed as a result of this car accident. A person in the other car was not seriously injured in the accident. Highway 280 was shut down for several hours following the accident so that police could investigate and crews could clear the scene.
It will be important to the family of the victim of this fatal car accident to determine what caused the collision. If the other driver's negligence contributed to the accident, then the family may be able to file a wrongful death suit. Signs of negligence could include evidence that the other driver was distracted, drunk or not following traffic laws.
A wrongful death suit will compensate the family for losses they have suffered in the accident. These expenses could include lost wages, funeral costs, medical expenses and loss of companionship.
Source: KCRA, "All lanes on Hwy 280 open after fatal bus crash," Aug. 12, 2013
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