During the afternoon of Sept. 13, a motor-vehicle accident happened in Manteca, California, that killed one 16-year-old female and caused serious injuries to her 45-year-old female relative. The latter victim was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento in critical condition.
The fatal car accident occurred on Highway 120 when the 26-year-old male driver of an eastbound Dodge Caravan hit the Mercury Grand Marquis driven by the 45-year-old. The Mercury caught fire after the force of the impact from the Dodge caused it to crash into a Lexus. A news release from the California Highway Patrol said investigators did not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the wreck, but authorities reported the van was traveling too fast for the slow traffic conditions at the time.
The van's 26-year-old driver and a passenger are from France, and each suffered minor injuries in the accident. A passenger in the Lexus was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries, and the driver suffered minor harm.
When a family experiences the loss of a loved one because of a motor-vehicle accident, immediate family members of the decedent might consider filing a wrongful death claim in civil court. If retained for such a lawsuit, a personal injury attorney could obtain investigative reports and witness statements in order to build a case against the defendant named in the suit. Compensation awarded to plaintiffs of a wrongful death suits usually accounts for the economic harm caused to them by having lost the victims. A lawyer could also help with insurance negotiations and out-of-court settlements that would make litigation unnecessary.
Source: The Modesto Bee, "Johansen High School student killed in fiery crash in Manteca", Patty Guerra , September 15, 2014
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