A California man who died in an accident that he allegedly caused was identified by the California Highway Patrol. According to the report, the car accident occurred when the 45-year-old driver attempted pass another vehicle at a high rate of speed that had moved into the fast lane. He lost the control of his vehicle, which caused him to sideswipe the car that he was attempting to pass. The impact caused both vehicles to overturn, after which they came to a stop.
The accused driver was ejected from him vehicle. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries. The other driver was also taken to the hospital, though his injuries were minor. While the incident is still under investigation, the authorities said that excessive speed and the lane change attempt were factors in the accident. Alcohol or drugs may be a factor.
Even if the driver who causes an accident perishes, others who suffered from injuries may still be entitled to compensation from the driver's insurance company or from the accused driver's estate. However, insurance companies may present a take-it-or-leave it settlement that does not fully cover the total damages resulting from the accident. An experienced California attorney may be able to help their client maximize the amount of compensation that is awarded.
The attorney may use expert witness testimony to determine the full extent of all damages that resulted from the accident. This includes present and future medical bills, loss of income, diminished earning capacity if the injuries are detrimental and even property damage. The attorney may then use this information to attempt to negotiate a settlement that covers their client's needs. In the cases where the insurance company will not settle, the attorney may also be prepared to take the case to trial.
Source: Times-Standard, "CHP IDs man killed in weekend vehicle accident", August 29, 2013