A Santa Rosa man was killed while two others were injured after a fatal multi-vehicle traffic collision in Willits on Wednesday evening, October 14.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s initial reports, the fatal collision happened at around 5:45 p.m. on Highway 101 near the Willits bypass.
The Santa Rosa man was driving his 2004 Chevrolet northbound on Highway 101 when, for unexplained reasons, he crossed the double yellow lines. He then collided head-on with a 2012 Toyota.
Due to the severity of the impact, the Chevrolet was pushed into the path of a northbound 2011 Kenworth semi-truck. The Chevrolet driver was killed in the collision.
Two occupants of the Toyota, the driver and his 8-year-old passenger, sustained severe injuries from the crash. They were both initially taken to Howard Memorial in Willits. The Toyota driver was later airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial while the juvenile occupant was flown to Oakland Children’s Hospital. The semi-truck driver was unharmed. It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash.
Multi-Vehicle Collision Investigation is Underway
The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the accident. They will attempt to determine the factors that caused the collision and liability.
When three or more cars collide on the roadway, it is considered a multi-vehicle collision. This type of car accident is commonly caused by a “chain reaction,” when one car bumps into another, which causes the other to hit the next vehicle.
Multi-vehicle collisions are commonly caused by drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving. It can be quite challenging to pinpoint liability during a multi-vehicle collision investigation, which is why it is essential to hire an experienced Mendocino County wrongful death attorney to conduct an independent investigation.
Attorneys can re-interview important witnesses, review relevant surveillance footage from the scene, and obtain the responsible party’s phone and texting records.
Mendocino County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crashes
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal multi-vehicle accident can be quite stressful and overwhelming.
While waiting for the official investigation results, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s assistance. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages such as funeral expenses, loss of companionship and income, emotional distress, and pain and suffering that the accident has caused them.
Attorneys can serve as a compassionate, helpful guide for the grieving family during this difficult time. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death or injury, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.