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3 fatalities in California crash

A automobile crash near Willits on Nov. 13 killed three people and resulted in a prolonged closure of Highway 101, reportedly. The fatal incident occurred at approximately 12:40 p.m. near the juncture of Highway 101 and Hollands Lane.

The California State Highway Patrol commenced an investigation into the collision. According to police, a 75-year-old man was driving a Toyota Camry south on Highway 101 when he crossed the roadway's centerline and collided with a northbound Toyota Prius. The driver of the Prius, an 89-year-old woman, and her 62-year-old passenger suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the accident, authorities said. The 75-year-old driver of the Camry died at the accident scene as well.

It was not clear immediately after the crash why the Camry driver had crossed the centerline and traveled into oncoming traffic. Following the collision, the Prius was reportedly rear-ended by a 2001 Acura with a 21-year-old driver. The Acura driver did not report suffering any injuries in the wreck.

Car accidents may be properly attributed to any number of causes. Potential contributory factors might include distracted driving, impaired driving, general recklessness, poor road conditions or even a defective auto part. That is why the results of law enforcement's investigation following an accident are crucial. If investigators were to determine that the cause of a fatal accident like this one was faulty driving, dependents and certain immediate family members of the decedents may be eligible to file civil action against the at-fault driver or that party's estate.

Oftentimes, deceased accident vicitms' families contact an attorney in the wake of a fatal crash. The attorney may advise whether a wrongful death lawsuit is tenable after reviewing the accident investigation report among other factors related to the crash.

Source: Lake County News, "Thursday Willits crash kills three", Elizabeth Larson , November 14, 2014

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