A California community and family is mourning the loss of an area police officer. The officer suffered fatal injuries in a head-on collision, which authorities are still investigating. It is not uncommon for investigations into motor vehicle accidents to take quite some time to complete, and some families choose to pursue wrongful death suits while that process is still ongoing.
Authorities say that the wrong-way accident occurred at around 5 p.m. in early Feb. 2019 at an intersection that is notorious for devastating accidents. In this particular case, police say that the male driver of a pickup truck was heading east on the westbound side of the highway despite the presence of "do not enter" signs. The pickup driver hit five other vehicles before he collided head-on with the off-duty police officer.
It is not clear if any of the occupants in the first five vehicles suffered any injuries in the collision. However, both the driver believed to have caused the accident and the off-duty officer in the sixth vehicle died. Police are still trying to figure out why the wrong-way driver was on the opposite side of the highway and whether drugs or alcohol might have played a role in the collision.
The particular area where the fatal accident occurred was also the site of over 40 collisions in 2018. California police say that the vast majority of those accidents were the result of negligent drivers who were not paying attention to the road. When negligent drivers cause motor vehicle accidents, they are doing more than inflicting physical damage to a car. Families who have lost loved ones in such accidents understand the deep emotional and financial toll of these collisions, and many choose to pursue wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of their loved ones.