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Fatal car accidents can happen when drivers pass unsafely

Many California drivers can likely remember a number of times when they've needed to pass a vehicle in front of them by temporarily entering the opposite lane. Such a maneuver can usually be completed safely, provided the driver follows the rules of the road, as indicated by the yellow center lines. However, some people choose to ignore such rules, whether because they are impatient and cannot wait to pass or for some other reason. Unfortunately, sometimes these people cause horrific car accidents when they collide with oncoming vehicles.

Such was the case on a recent Monday afternoon when, according to a California Highway Patrol news release, an unidentified driver traveling east on a roadway northwest of Paso Robles crossed over a double yellow line to pass a vehicle. As the driver moved into the westbound lane, the car collided with another vehicle heading west. The driver of the first vehicle and a front-seat passenger were pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The CHP has said that the front passenger of the second vehicle was treated at the scene and was taken to a local trauma center. Unfortunately, she later died from her injuries. The driver of that vehicle, a 58-year-old man, apparently suffered minor injuries and went by himself to the hospital. Reportedly, the driver of the vehicle that passed into the opposite lane may have been under the influence of alcohol, although authorities are still investigating the incident.

Car accidents can happen for many different reasons, and sometimes the reason is simply poor judgment on the part of a driver. This may have been the case in this incident, and as a result, sadly, three people were killed. The victims' grieving family members may consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in California civil court. An attorney experienced in personal injury law can review individual case details and apprise them of their legal options.

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