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Fatal motor vehicle accidents: Claims when at-fault driver dies

Only one person survived a recent accident that killed two people. California police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the wreck. Motor vehicle accidents that involve alcohol are usually avoidable, which can make the aftermath even more devastating for victims and family members. 

According to authorities, a minivan driver was possibly under the influence of alcohol and speeding at the time of the wreck. The driver may have been attempting to pass another vehicle when he lost control and crashed through the barrier separating the west and eastbound traffic on the highway. The minivan crossed directly into the path of pickup truck. Witnesses said the resulting accident looked like an explosion. Although the nature of their injuries is unclear, both drivers died while still at the scene of the accident. 

A nearby bicyclist was also hurt, although he or she was not directly involved in the wreck. One of the pickup's wheels came off and hit the person. An ambulance transported the bicycle rider to an area hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries, and at last update was listed as stable. 

California victims and families can seek compensation through the civil justice system after motor vehicle accidents even when the driver responsible for the wreck does not survive. This is still accomplished through either personal injury or wrongful death claims, which are filed against that person's estate. For many victims, these claims are about more than just the financial recourse -- they are also about achieving a sense of justice. 

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