There are many different laws in place that govern the roadways in order to protect each user. Failure to follow even the simplest of rules, regardless of whether the failure is caused by ignorance, recklessness or inattention, can cause car accidents resulting in serious, devastating consequences. For example, one witness to a California accident claims that a fatal accident was caused by speed.

At approximately 9 a.m. one Sunday morning in December, a 29-year-old woman was traveling in a small car when she was allegedly rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by a 62-year-old man. Two other vehicles were also involved in the incident. The sedan and pickup each struck a different truck.

The woman died as a result of her injuries. Two of the other drivers suffered minor injuries. A witness in one of the vehicles involved claims that the driver of the pickup was traveling at a high rate of speed and did not brake prior to the collision. Police have said that the pickup driver is believed to have been at fault but was not suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

Only families who have experienced the unexpected loss of a loved one truly know the effects of such a loss. Many people killed in car accidents leave behind family members who depended on their emotional and financial support. In addition to the loss of their wages, for example, families must also cope with funeral expenses. In some cases, those in California who have lost a loved one choose to seek financial relief in a civil courtroom. If they can successfully argue that their loved one’s death was caused by another person’s negligence, they could receive a monetary award that allows them to focus on their emotional recovery rather than their financial future.

Source: NBC San Diego, “Driver Who Caused Fatal Crash “Never Hit The Brakes”“, Christina London and Sherene Tagharobi, Dec. 8, 2014