Interstate highways in California carry an immense volume of traffic. Drivers normally work together to maintain safety for every vehicle and their occupants, but accidents can occur, especially if drivers attempt a dangerous maneuver without a full understanding of their environments.
Two parents lost their lives in a crash that also injured their teenage children when their sport utility vehicle rolled off I-15 in Yermo. California Highway Patrol officers discovered the vehicle in the open desert near another car in the interstate highway’s median.
The driver of the sport utility vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, and his wife died of her injuries at a nearby hospital. Their 17-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter were transported to the hospital and airlifted to different trauma centers for surgery.
The car in the median changed lanes on the highway into the lane where the sport utility vehicle was driving, according to a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol. The car collided with the rear end of the family’s vehicle, causing the driver to lose control and roll over into the desert.
Negligent and distracted drivers cause accidents on California’s roads and highways at an alarming rate. Many of the state’s car accidents involve the liability of one or more drivers involved. This is especially important if collisions result in serious injury or death.
The right legal counsel can help victims of motor vehicle collisions fight for compensation for medical expenses accrued during recovery or lost wages when victims are unable to work.
Source: Victor Valley News, “Parents Killed, 2 Teens Airlifted After I-15 Freeway Crash,” VVNG Staff, July 17, 2017