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Accident causes serious injuries and death to vehicle occupants

Sometimes, when an accident occurs, the seemingly improbable happens. Recently in southern California, after slamming into a stationary car, a van ended up coming to rest upside down on top of the car it had hit. The accident caused serious injuries or death to all five of the vehicle's occupants.

The car was sitting at a stop sign, and police report that the van crossed into the car's lane, which caused the collision. When emergency crews arrived, they discovered two people barely alive. A boy and man were transported to an area hospital, but nothing hospital personnel did could save their lives. A girl and a woman did not survive long enough to be taken to a hospital. They died at the scene.

It was believed that those four victims and the driver of the van -- who suffered only minor injuries -- were the only ones involved in the accident. Tragically, when the van was removed from atop the car, the mangled body of a boy was found in the car. The investigation into this crash, which killed five people, is ongoing. It may be some time before authorities determine what charges, if any, will be filed against the van's driver.

In the meantime, families are faced with devastating loss. Nothing can change what happened or bring back the man, woman and three children who died in this crash. However, wrongful death claims may be filed in an attempt to recover the financial losses that inevitably accompany such tragedies when death or serious injuries occur. Damages such as funeral and burial costs and pain and suffering may be awarded in a successfully litigated claim, along with any other damages allowed under California law.

Source: chron.com, "5 killed when van smashes into car in California", , May 11, 2014

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