According to the Center for Disease Control, auto accidents are one of the leading causes of premature death in the U.S. In addition, nearly two million adults are treated for injuries sustained in auto accidents annually. Auto accidents also place a significant drain on the economy, costing the country $70 billion every year in hospital expenses and lost wages. In 2010, auto accidents cost the state of California alone more than four billions dollars.
According to a recent news report, four people were killed in a major automobile accident in Northern California the other week. The car accident took place when a Toyota Prius crossed over the centerline on a rural California Highway and collided with a Toyota Sienna minivan. According to the California Highway Patrol, the Toyota Prius hit the broadside of the minivan killing one person and causing serious injuries to the four other individuals in the vehicle.
In addition to the young girl who died in the minivan, there were three people in the Toyota Prius who also died in the fatal car crash. A child in the car at the time of the accident also suffered injuries. Officers report that the weather conditions at the time of the accident were clear. Officers also stated that the reason for the collision and why the Prius crossed the centerline is unknown. Investigators are looking into the crash to determine the cause.
Those who suffered injuries in the accident may be able to seek compensation by filing a claim for damages against the negligent party. These damages could include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and damages for pain and suffering. The immediate family members of those that tragically lost their lives in this accident may also be able to seek additional compensation as well by filing an action for wrongful death. Damages that may be recovered in this type of action include loss of future wages, loss of companionship, and damages for pain and suffering.
Source: Huffington Post, "4 Dead, Including 2 Children, In Northern California Car Crash," Nov. 25, 2012