On Feb. 6, an accident involving a 1999 Volvo and a Chevrolet Silverado resulted in the death of the 22-year-old Volvo driver and serious injuries for the driver and two passengers traveling in the truck. The California Highway Patrol received a call at approximately 12:30 a.m., reporting that the Volvo was driving northbound in the southbound lane of Interstate 880.
Four minutes later, the CHP received another call reporting that an accident had occurred on the Interstate near Thornton Avenue. Officials arrived to find that the Volvo had struck the Silverado pickup truck head-on before catching fire. Although officials tried to put out the flames, they were not successful. The Santa Clara woman who was driving the Volvo is reported to have died due to the crash and the resultant fire.
The pickup truck driver, a 26-year-old man from East Palo Alto, and his two passengers were seriously injured in the crash. CHP officials reported that the truck was also in danger of catching fire, but firefighters were able to clear the scene by 1:46 a.m. The identities of the victims have not yet been released, pending notifications. The authorities have not ruled out drugs and/or alcohol as a factor in the crash.
If it is found that a driver was operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it may be possible for victims to file a civil suit in order to allay the costs associated with the accident. In the event that the allegedly liable party perished in the crash, it may be possible to file the personal injury suit against their estate post-mortem. It is often helpful to consult an attorney who is knowledgeable about personal injury suits related to motor vehicle accidents in order develop a sound and viable case.
Source: KGO-TV, "Wrong-way driver dies in crash on I-880 in Fremont," Feb. 6, 2015