On Nov. 14, a California man was killed while attempting to pass a semi-truck on a two-lane highway, authorities reported. A total of five vehicles were involved in the fatal car accident that took place along Highway 79 near Temecula. The 67-year-old San Diego man who was killed was pronounced dead at the scene while the six other people involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The car accident happened at around 5:30 a.m. while conditions were dark and rainy. While driving a 2004 Toyota Tundra eastbound near Pauba Road, the ]man reportedly tried to pass a tractor-trailer that was going 30 mph by crossing into the westbound lane. After the man entered the opposite lane of traffic, his car collided with a westbound 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, which then struck the trailer attached to the semi-truck.
A driver approaching westbound in a 1999 Ford F-350 was unable to avoid the collision and ended up striking the two passenger vehicles. Next, a 1993 Ford F-350 that had also been traveling westbound hit the Tundra. Among those who were injured was an 84-year-old woman who was a passenger in the deceased man’s vehicle. She was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. The 67-year-old male driver of the PT Cruiser suffered broken arms, ribs and ankles. All of the other reported injuries were minor, and the 58-year-old semi-truck driver was uninjured.
When the driver who was at fault in a multi-car crash dies, injured victims still have the right to seek some monetary compensation for their injuries. Injured victims would need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the deceased party’s estate in order to pursue compensation. An attorney may be able to help injured victims in this situation to gather all of the appropriate evidence for a successful claim.
Source: The Press Enterprise , “Temecula: One dead, six injured, when truck tries to pass big rig (update)“, Sarah Burge , November 14, 2014