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Car accidents: Police investigate fatal California crash

Anyone who has driven on California highways is likely aware of the unpredictable nature of traffic. As a result, all drivers must remain vigilant at all times, prepared for traffic that may slow or stop unexpectedly. Unfortunately, many drivers become distracted and may be unaware of changes in the flow of traffic, often resulting in serious car accidents. For example, police are currently investigating a collision that involved four cars and resulted in a fatality.

Emergency responders were called to the scene just after 3 p.m. one afternoon on a day in early May. According to police, a pickup truck struck a sedan in the rear. The force of the collision pushed the sedan into the back of a sports utility vehicle, which then struck a second SUV.

When emergency workers arrived at the scene, the male driver of the sedan was unconscious and trapped in his vehicle, which was leaking gas. Unfortunately, he died at the scene of the accident. While the accident remains under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to contact them, they do not believe that alcohol or drugs were factors. The accident forced the closure of the highway for several hours as police conducted an investigation into the accident.

Sadly, the family of the deceased driver is likely still coming to terms with their unexpected loss. In addition to grief, car accidents often create unexpected financial hardships for surviving loved ones in California. In many cases, accidents caused by another's negligence result in a wrongful death lawsuit. A successfully presented case could result in an award of damages that helps families cope with the burdens created by funeral expenses, medical bills and lost wages.

Source: eastbaytimes.com, "CHP: 52-year-old Discovery Bay man killed in four-car collision in Brentwood", Katrina Cameron, May 4, 2016

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