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31-year-old passenger dies in Route 52 car accident

Traveling as a passenger in another driver's vehicle will always be a risk. A California resident died in a recent car accident when he was a passenger in the pickup truck of a driver who lost control of his vehicle. The California Highway Patrol reported that the single-vehicle crash occurred on state Route 52 in the early morning of Dec. 1.

A CHP officer who was at the scene reported that, for unknown reasons, the westbound driver of a pickup truck veered onto the gravel of the center divide. Reportedly, he then overcorrected and traveled across all the traffic lanes before landing upside-down in a ravine. A 31-year-old passenger suffered fatal injuries when he was ejected from the vehicle. His death was declared at the scene of the accident.

The 33-year-old pickup truck driver and a 32-year-old female passenger were transported to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Authorities reported that alcohol or drugs did not appear to have played a role in this accident. This might leave one to believe that the driver could have dozed off or was distracted. A moment's loss of concentration while operating a vehicle can have devastating consequences.

The driver of the pickup truck may have become distracted when he read a text message, took a sip of coffee or talked with a passenger, and then he drifted off the roadway. Regardless of how insignificant the distraction seems, when negligence is involved, the person responsible for the car accident can be held accountable. The surviving family members of the deceased passenger may pursue financial relief by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver. Properly documented claims for financial and emotional losses will be considered by a California civil court upon establishment of negligence.

Source:, "Passenger killed in fatal crash on SR-52", Karen Kucher, Dec. 1, 2015

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