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California man killed after being rear-ended at rush hour

On Aug. 4, a 34-year-old man was killed after being involved in a five-car crash along southbound Interstate 405. The accident reportedly occurred during rush-hour traffic in Irvine and resulted in three other people being treated for minor injuries at local hospitals. According to the Orange County Coroner's Office, the man who was killed was first treated for traumatic injuries at Western Medical Center before he was pronounced dead later that day.

The car crash happened while a 52-year-old Mission Viejo man was traveling in the left lane of the highway near the Von Karman Avenue exit in a burgundy Ford Windstar. At about 6 p.m., the man reportedly looked to the right and then looked in front of him to discover that traffic had come to a stop. When he was not able to stop his car in time, the man crashed into the back of a 2013 Toyota Prius and started a chain reaction.

The Prius, driven by the man who was fatally injured, was pushed into the back of a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The Passat then hit the back of a Chevrolet Trailblazer, and the Trailblazer hit the back of a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Emergency medical personnel extracted the Prius driver from his vehicle and transported him and the others who were injured to area hospitals.

A person who is rear-ended by another driver may be able to pursue damages from the individual who apparently caused the crash. After someone is killed in this type of accident, the deceased person's family members may have a good case for filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. When multiple vehicles are involved, there will likely be eyewitnesses who are available to present testimony that will help to strengthen the case.

Source: Orange County Register, "Driver killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-405", Salvador Hernandez, August 07, 2014

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