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California Highway Patrol investigates fatal car accident

At this time of year, a driver could encounter more traffic on the roadways in California and across the nation as people travel to visit family or complete their holiday shopping. Regardless of the time of day or amount of traffic, drivers must remain vigilant and work to protect their personal safety as well as the safety of others they may encounter. Unfortunately, one young woman recently lost her life in a fatal car accident.

The incident happened at approximately 1:30 a.m. one morning on a day in late November. According to reports, a westbound vehicle driven by a 53-year-old man crossed into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, his vehicle is said to have struck an eastbound vehicle driven by a 20-year-old woman head-on.

The woman passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. The male driver was transported to the hospital, suffering from severe injuries. While the California Highway Patrol does not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, the cause is unknown and remains under investigation.

This time of year is often a time of happiness and anticipation. For one California family, the holidays will likely always be a reminder of their deceased loved one. In addition to their grief, many who have lost a loved one in a car accident have found themselves struggling with the financial implications of their loss, including funeral costs. If surviving loved ones can prove that their loss was caused by another's negligence, they have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court and could potentially receive an award of damages if their claims are successfully presented.

Source: sanluisobispo.com, "Atascadero man suffers major injuries, woman dies in Highway 46 car crash", Danielle Ames, Nov. 27, 2016

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