A man recently lost his life in a tragic motor vehicle collision in California. The car accident took place on a Wednesday afternoon. Sometimes, these types of wrecks are the result of a driver's carelessness, in which case the at-fault driver may be held liable for any deaths or injuries resulting from the accident.
The recent California wreck occurred at about 3:40 p.m. According to police, multiple cars slowed down along Highway 12. However, a van that was traveling behind them reportedly did not slow down and thus ended up causing a five-vehicle chain reaction crash.
A man in one of the cars involved in the collision ended up dying in the crash. Meanwhile, multiple other people suffered injuries in the collision. All of the cars were carrying solo occupants at the time of the crash. Authorities continued to investigate the collision.
If police determine that the van driver caused the accident due to negligent driving -- for example, driving too quickly for road conditions or distracted driving -- then the loved ones of the man who died in the crash may opt to file a wrongful death claim against the van driver. For the other crash victims, if their injuries end up being serious, they may also choose to file personal injury claims, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. A claim that is fought successfully might result in monetary damages that may be used to cover the victims' losses related to the California car accident, such as hospital bills or funeral costs.