California drivers know that some roadways are more difficult to safely navigate than others. When driving in more challenging areas, drivers must focus on the task at hand more than usual in order to avoid car accidents. In a recent example, a crash involving five vehicles left two women dead and several other people injured.
The accident happened on a recent Wednesday morning when the driver of a box truck failed to stop as he approached slowing traffic in his lane. The box truck rear-ended a vehicle, struck a second vehicle, overturned on top of a third vehicle, then collided with a fourth vehicle. According to authorities, the fourth vehicle became pinned against the cement center divider. Apparently, the truck driver told investigators he was unable to stop for the slowing traffic.
A 51-year-old woman driving the second vehicle that was struck, as well as her 76-year-old mother, died at the scene of the accident. The driver's 18-year-old son was transported to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries. According to police, four other people suffered minor to moderate injuries from the crash. Since the accident, friends and family of the deceased have commented on the potential dangers of driving in the area of the crash site, and they are considering approaching local and state officials with the idea of installing flashing lights to warn drivers of slowing vehicles ahead. Just in the last 14 months, two other serious crashes have occurred in that area, one also resulting in a fatality.
Sadly, two people have lost their lives, likely due to a preventable situation. Car accidents such as this one can be caused by a driver failing to reduce speed to adjust to traffic conditions and/or a municipality failing to provide appropriate signage or take other measures to warn drivers of an upcoming change in conditions. In any case, in accordance with California civil law, the surviving family members have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against any person or entity deemed responsible. An experienced personal injury attorney can review individual case details and determine if such a lawsuit is a viable option.