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Man killed in head-on crash in California

A head-on accident involving two pickup trucks near Lompoc claimed the life of a 32-year-old Lynwood man and left a 33-year-old Lompoc resident seriously injured, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident took place on Highway 1.

According to a CHP representative, officers responded to the scene of the car crash around 6:30 a.m. They determined that a pickup truck had crossed the roadway's double yellow lines and struck another pickup truck head-on. Responding police officers did not immediately say why the first vehicle may have crossed into the path of oncoming traffic.

Santa Barbara firefighters worked for 30 minutes to free the driver who was hit. He was then transported to an area medical facility for treatment of injuries that were described as major. The driver of the car that caused the crash was declared dead at the scene. The accident caused Highway 1 to be closed to traffic for several hours as emergency response personnel went about their duties and maintenance crews worked to clear debris from the roadway.

Head-on collisions often lead to death or catastrophic injury, and motorists frequently have no time to avoid a crash. While this type of accident may sometimes be caused by mechanical failure or poor road conditions, a reckless, distracted or impaired driver is more often responsible. Negligent motorists may face civil sanctions when they cause injury, loss or damage to other road users, and a lawsuit may be brought against their estate or insurance carrier if they lose their life in an accident that they were responsible for. A personal injury attorney could bring such a lawsuit to seek compensation for an accident victim's lost income, medical expenses and property damage.

Source: KEYT, "One Killed, Another in Serious Condition Following Crash South of Lompoc," Joe Buttitta, March 10, 2015

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