Four people were killed in a crash on Highway 50 in Sacramento County, California, on April 22. The victims included the driver of the car that appeared to cause the crash as well as three men in a pickup truck that was hit head-on by the other driver.
California Highway Patrol received a call early Wednesday morning that a Toyota Prius was traveling eastbound on westbound Highway 50. According to CHP, the Prius hit the pickup truck, causing the truck to spin. A third vehicle then struck the truck, causing the truck to catch fire.
All four victims were pronounced dead on the scene, although their identities were not confirmed until the next day. The driver of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries. Police are investigating whether the use of alcohol or drugs was involved in the crash.
When a person dies as a result of the wrongful act or conduct of another person, the victim's relatives may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Although state laws vary, in California, a wrongful death suit may be brought by the victim's spouse, domestic partner or children as well as by certain other individuals who are related to or have been financially dependent on the victim. An individual whose relative has died due to the actions of someone else may consult an attorney to discuss whether a wrongful death suit may be a viable option. The attorney may be able to explain who is eligible to file a wrongful death suit, the types of damages that may potentially be awarded in a wrongful death suit and any limitations on the period of time during which a wrongful death suit must be filed.
Source: Capital Public Radio, "Authorities Release ID of Driver Involved in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash On Highway 50," April 22, 2015