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Wrong-way driver caused collision in California

On Behalf of | May 11, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Considering all the possibilities that could cause a car accident (driver fatigue, reckless behavior, driver intoxication, excessive speed, running a red light – to name a few), vehicles traveling the wrong way on a California highway create extreme hazards that often have disastrous results. If a vehicle enters a roadway traveling in the wrong direction, oncoming cars are in immediate danger of being hit. On a recent Monday morning in Hollywood, a tragedy occurred after a Toyota Prius headed north in a southbound lane.

At approximately 4 a.m., the Prius struck another vehicle from the side, then crashed head-on into a pickup truck before bursting into a ball of fire. Police say that two additional collisions occurred moments later, perhaps caused by flying debris from the head-on crash. Another collision is believed to have been caused by driver distraction.

3 injured, 1 killed

Investigators said the Prius driver was going at least 80 mph when his vehicle struck the first car. Several people suffered injuries in the collision in East Hollywood. Sadly, the driver of the Prius was pronounced dead at the scene.

Who covers costs associated with a California collision, such as medical bills, car repairs or wage loss due to time off work during recovery when another driver’s negligence was a primary cause of the incident? State law allows a recovering victim to seek restitution for damages by filing a personal injury claim in a civil court. If the person deemed responsible did not survive the accident, a claim may still be filed against his or her estate.