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Multi-vehicle car accident kills 1, injures another

When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, determining who is responsible for what injuries can be a complicated task. A recent car accident killed a California man, but only after he'd been involved in two separate collisions. One additional person was injured in the wreck.

Initially, a 23-year-old man's vehicle collided with another vehicle on Route 67. The other driver -- a 24-year-old male -- was pushed into the concrete divider before his vehicle then came to a rest in the far left lane. The first vehicle ended up in a nearby exit ramp.

Initially, neither driver suffered any injuries, and the 23-year-old man walked over to the other vehicle that was still in the left lane. As the two spoke through the vehicle's open window, the vehicle was again struck, this time by an SUV. The force sent the younger man flying into oncoming traffic, where he was struck again and killed. The other driver, although not initially injured by the first accident, had to be transported to the hospital following a collision with two more vehicles. None of the other motorists were hurt.

In a multi-vehicle car accident, more than one driver may be found at fault for causing an injury or a death. It may determined that an injured California driver can pursue compensation from multiple drivers, each who may be responsible for a percentage of the injuries caused. Families of the deceased may also pursue compensation for the loss of their loved ones in a similar manner. Although recourse may differ slightly for injury victims and fatality victims -- such as compensation for pain and suffering versus unexpected funeral costs -- both of these claims are processed in civil court, where the successful litigation of either a personal injury or a wrongful death claim can be crucial toward seeking justice and ultimate recovery.

Source: fox5sandiego.com, "Fatal accident jams traffic on SR 67 in Santee", , Sept. 19, 2014

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