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Fatal California 3 car accident kills man in Bay Area

A Brentwood roadway was closed for almost two and a half hours after a recent three vehicle crash. The California car accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on a recent weekday in early November. A 21-year-old driver was headed southbound when he inexplicably lost control of his vehicle, veered in to the northbound lane and bounced off of a guardrail.

As the driver attempted to correct, his car crossed back over into the southbound lane before returning once against into the north lane. There he struck a northbound Mercedes, killing its 67-year-old driver and injuring a female passenger. The Mercedes was, in turn, rear-ended by a car traveling behind it. The driver of that vehicle, an 18-year-old woman from Watsonville, was not injured in the car accident. After the crash, the southbound car caught on fire, and fire department personnel extinguished the flames inside of about 20 minutes.

The Mercedes driver was a resident of San Ramon. His passenger, also 67, received only minor injuries. The driver of the southbound car that appears to have caused the crash was transported to the hospital with injuries characterized as minor. Authorities are reportedly continuing to investigate the fatal crash, and their efforts appear to be centered on documenting why the first driver lost control of his vehicle.

The relationship, if any, between the driver and passenger in the Mercedes is unknown. Regardless, the surviving family of the deceased victim has the right under California law to seek monetary damages occasioned by the fatal car accident from any party whose negligence is deemed to have caused or contributed to the crash. As the family struggles to move forward, they may benefit from seeking insight into the laws and procedures that govern these types of civil lawsuits in our state.

Source: The Oakland Tribune, "San Ramon man, 67, killed, Vasco Road closed after three-car crash," Daniel M. Jimenez and Jose Carlos Fajardo, Nov. 5, 2012

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