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Multi-vehicle accident leaves 3 dead, 4 injured

Law enforcement officials reported a four-vehicle accident that happened near Caruthers, California, left three people dead and four others injured, including one person who was ejected from one of the vehicles involved, on Aug. 28. According to the California Highway Patrol, the chain-reaction accident occurred when the driver of a commercial box truck traveling westbound on Floral ignored a posted stop sign at the road's intersection with Elm and collided with a minivan.

The impact threw the minivan into a spin, and it struck a Chevrolet Avalanche. The Avalanche then hit a Nissan Cube. The driver of the Avalanche fled the scene on foot, and troopers found beer cans on the ground near that vehicle as well as blood in its interior. CHP said the driver of the box truck could be charged with manslaughter pending the final results of their investigation, which was ongoing at the time of the report.

After a fatal accident, the decedent's family may be left with expenses for which they are not prepared. If they believe their loved one's death was due to the negligent actions of another driver involved in the accident, those family members may decide to enlist the services of a personal injury attorney and file a wrongful death suit against that individual. Plaintiffs of such litigation in California may be awarded damages tied to both monetary and subjective losses.

For a motor-vehicle accident in which someone is killed, the investigation by authorities could point toward potentially liable parties. In a wrongful death suit, a defendant may be found liable if the case's jury can be convinced that his or her negligence led to the incident in question. In suits that stem from car crashes, instances of negligence can include failure to stop at a designated sign, knowingly driving a vehicle with a defect or speeding.

Source: KFSN, "Triple fatal crash near the Fresno County town of Caruthers ", Rick Montanez, August 28, 2014

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