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Wrong-way car accident kills 4, seriously injures 2 others

Head on collisions typically have catastrophic outcomes, leaving family and friends left picking up the pieces of shattered lives. A recent wrong-way car accident on a California road left a total of four people dead. Others survived, but with injuries. 

The wreck occurred at roughly 1:30 a.m. when a 26-year-old man was driving northbound. For reasons that are unclear, a southbound vehicle carrying five passengers drifted across the center line of traffic and into the path of the oncoming car. The two vehicles collided head on, causing at least one vehicle to burst into flames.

Three of the four fatalities were caused by the flames in the wrong-way vehicle. Although witnesses were able to rescue the other two passengers from the fiery car, only one survived long enough to be transported to the hospital. Both she and the driver that was struck were taken to local area hospitals, where one is listed as being in serious condition and the other is critical.

California authorities already announced that the driver that was struck was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the car accident, although a toxicology test still needs to be performed on the wrong-way driver to determine if alcohol played any role in the wreck. It can be difficult for families to deal with what may feel like the senseless death or injury of a loved one, although there are actions that they may take that can help ease the pain. Families who lost loved ones retain the right to seek justice and compensation on behalf of their loved one's estate by filing a wrongful death suit, while those who suffered injuries can pursue claims for compensation for related damages through a successfully litigated personal injury claim

Source: Fox News, "4 dead in fiery Northern Calif. car crash", Dec. 26, 2014

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