Wrong Way Driver Takes Two Lives in Watsonville Crash

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 11-Nov-2009

San Francisco’s local CBS affiliate KPIX-TV Channel 5 recently reported that two people were killed in a car crash that took place on U.S. Highway 101 near Watsonville. The driver of the vehicle, a 51-year-old man, and the vehicle’s passenger, a 52-year-old female from Oakland, both died from injuries sustained during the crash. The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while the female was airlifted to Regional Medical Center in San Jose for treatment of her injuries, but could not be saved.

Investigation into the cause of the crash is still underway, although police do know that the other vehicle involved crossed the center-line before striking the vehicle driven by the 51-year-old man. While police do not know what caused the other motorist to waver into oncoming traffic, a thorough investigation will undoubtedly reveal how big of a role reckless driving played in this case and to whom the negligence that led to the crash can be attributed to. Reckless driving of any kind greatly increases the probability of an auto accident occurring. Traveling at rates greater than posted speed limits, failing to adhere to traffic signage, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are all actions that can be deemed negligent.

In any auto accident, negligence of some kind often plays a significant, determining factor in causing the accident in the first place. In all San Jose auto accident cases, it is important that the victims or their families retain the services of an experienced San Jose auto accident attorneythat will examine the circumstances of the accident to help appropriately attribute negligent action.

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our experienced auto accident lawyers will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your claim, and will hold negligent parties accountable for their actions, seeking monetary compensation from those parties on your behalf. If you have been injured, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (800) 900-0863 for a free consultation of your case.

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