For most California residents, car accidents are completely unexpected and can lead to life-altering consequences. One recent California motor vehicle accident actually ended the life of an 18-year-old man and left the 25-year-old female driver of his vehicle seriously injured. A second passenger, an 18-year-old woman, suffered less serious injuries that had her listed as being in fair condition.
The fatal car accident took place on Highway 50, not too far from Placerville, California. A representative for the California Highway Patrol reported that the vehicle carrying the three young people swerved across at least two lanes of traffic before ramming into an embankment and ultimately flipping all the way over. At that point, the vehicle came to a rest on its roof.
Reports indicate that the 18-year-old man was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene of the collision. The driver was transported via air to receive care for the significant brain injuries she incurred in this catastrophic accident. The female passenger in the vehicle suffered less severe head injuries and broke both of her wrists in the crash.
There is not yet any word on what may have caused or contributed to this deadly motor vehicle accident. Police have not stated whether they might file any criminal charges stemming from this crash. Regardless, the surviving family of the man who died may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court should evidence suggest that the driver acted in some negligent manner. The surviving passenger may likewise be able to seek restitution for her medical and related expenses in a personal injury suit.
Source: News 10 ABC, "UPDATE: Man killed, 2 injured in car crash on Highway 50," April 27, 2013