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Charges are likely after fatal California car accident

Reckless drivers can be a dangerous threat to the safety of other motorists and pedestrians within their vicinity. Even the safest of California drivers may not be able to avoid an accident when sharing the same highway with an individual who is speeding or driving carelessly. Many serious injuries such as broken bones and spinal and back injuries can occur as the result of a car accident.

A recent car accident in San Francisco claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy and critically injured two other victims. The incident occurred when a female SUV driver slammed into the back of a minivan that was stopped at a red light. Witnesses reported that the woman was speeding and driving recklessly well before crashing into the other vehicle.

The minivan's driver and her daughter both suffered serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital. The victim's son was killed as a result of the crash. No injuries were suffered by the driver of the SUV, but she could now be facing consequences for her actions.

The surviving family members of the 16-year-old victim retain the right to file a wrongful death claim in a California civil court against the SUV driver for her seemingly negligent actions. Monetary damages gained from a successfully litigated lawsuit could help the victim's family better cope with funeral costs, burial expenses and other financial losses. Personal injury claims could also be initiated by the two injured victims in a state court. Compensation awarded for a successful claim could be applied to medical expenses, lost wages and any rehabilitation costs incurred from the unfortunate car accident.

Source: ABC San Francisco, 1 dead, 2 critically injured in SF rollover accident, Katie Marzullo and Lilian Kim, Sept. 27, 2013

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