An unidentified 46-year-old man from Vallejo was killed while two other people were injured after a wrong-way crash in Pinole on Friday morning, January 8.
The accident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Interstate Highway 80, just west of Pinole Valley Road.
A 2015 Toyota Camry driven by a 78-year-old woman was reportedly driving westbound in the eastbound lanes for unclear reasons. It then collided with an eastbound silver 2007 Ford Focus.
The driver of the Ford Focus was trapped in the wreckage. He was extricated by emergency personnel and rushed to John Muir Medical Center, where he was sadly pronounced dead.
A passenger from the Ford Focus sustained minor injuries from the accident. The Toyota Camry driver, who was initially reported missing, suffered from life-threatening injuries. She was immediately taken to John Muir Medical Center for treatment.
Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Investigation is Underway
The crash is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. Witnesses that can give more information about the accident are urged to call the Contra Costa CHP in Martinez at (925) 646-4980.
Every year, approximately 355 people are killed in the U.S. due to wrong-way drivers. With the average number of wrong-way collision deaths at 265, 1.34 fatalities per wrong-way deaths are calculated. These accidents are caused by various reasons, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, and driver over-fatigue.
When facing cases like this, it’s essential to have an experienced Contra Costa County wrongful death attorney conduct an independent investigation. Attorneys have the resources that can help them prove the negligence of the liable party. They can utilize their resources to re-interview important witnesses, review relevant surveillance footage from the scene, and obtain phone and texting records of the responsible party.
Contra Costa County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Wrong-Way Crashes
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal car accident may cause immense pain and emotional trauma to the victim’s family. During this challenging moment, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s assistance.
Although their loved ones won’t be brought back to life anymore, they can give their loved ones justice through the wrongful death claim. Through the wrongful death claim, the liable party will be required by law to provide financial compensation for the victim’s medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering of the decedent, and loss of companionship.
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