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California head on collision injures 4

Four people were injured in a collision in Contra Costa County on Jan. 6. Police were not sure what caused the head-on crash that left a portion of Byron Highway closed in both directions for over an hour.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal car crash took place at about 6:50 a.m. on Byron Highway near North Bruns Way. A silver Chrysler 300, driven by a Tracy woman collided head on with a silver Ford Windstar minivan. Police suspected that one of the drivers had slid across the double yellow lines, causing the collision.

The driver of the Chrysler suffered major injuries in the accident and had to receive CPR by rescue personnel before she was airlifted to the hospital for treatment. The male driver of the Ford also suffered major injuries. They were both taken to San Joaquin General Hospital. There were also two injured passengers in the Ford, who suffered minor injuries. They were hospitalized for treatment. The police investigation continues as they seek the cause of the collision. In similar cases, distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding have played a role. Road and weather conditions can also be factors involved in accidents.

An injured victim in a similar accident might choose to file a personal injury claim to recover losses incurred as a result of the accident. This might be done once the police investigation is completed, the liable driver identified and the details of the accident are known. If the claim is successful, economic and non-economic damages might be awarded to the victim. Awards might include remuneration for medical expenses and loss of income, if the person had to miss work due to the accident. A victim who experienced pain and suffering during and after the accident might also receive compensation for this.

Source: Contra Costa Times, "Contra Costa County: 4 hospitalized after head-on crash on Byron Highway," Rick Hurd, Jan. 6, 2015

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