The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a crash on Sierra Highway that sent four people to the hospital, three of them reported to be in critical condition. The car accident occurred shortly before 5:00 p.m. in front of the Eternal Valley Memorial Park cemetery. Santa Clara Valley Sheriff's deputies received a report that a car had crashed into a pole, however upon arriving at the scene realized it was a two-car head-on collision.
Both vehicles, one a pickup truck and the other a compact car, received extensive damage in the collision and three of the vehicles' occupants were transported to local trauma units, with a fourth being sent to another hospital for treatment. According to one report listed in the story's comments section, a reader claimed to be a witness to the accident and said the car moved into oncoming traffic in what appeared to be an attempt to pass slower moving vehicles.
The witness reported the compact car was able to dodge one vehicle and then tried to turn into a driveway without slowing down. An oncoming truck also turned into the driveway in an apparent attempt to avoid the collision but the two vehicles collided head-on. In what appears to be a case of reckless or careless driving, four people ended up going to the hospital. No information on the age or identities of the victims, or specific details on the nature of the injuries were available.
In car accident cases involving serious injuries or death, police will perform an extensive investigation into the cause of the accident, which could result in charges being filed against one of the drivers. Injuries suffered in car accidents can require long-term and costly medical care, including emergency medical services, hospital stays, surgery and rehabilitation.
That is why it can be imperative for an accident victim to seek the assistance of an attorney in filing a personal injury claim to ensure their rights are protected and he or she receives the compensation they deserve for their injuries. In addition to medical expenses, victims can suffer economic damages in the form of lost work and income, as well as property damage as a result of someone else's negligence.
Source: The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, "UPDATED: 3 critical following two-car crash on Sierra Highway," Jim Hold, May 15, 2012