A man and woman were killed in a Contra Costa County car accident when
their Toyota Camry crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck by another
car. According to a news report in
The Contra Costa Times, the fatal car crash occurred on Richmond Parkway in Richmond. Officials
say their vehicle crossed two lanes for unknown reasons, struck another
vehicle, and rolled over. The man and woman were trapped inside with fatal
injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.
There are many questions that investigators must try to answer whenever
a vehicle crosses into oncoming traffic. Was the driver speeding or distracted?
Was he or she fatigued and fell asleep at the wheel? Was alcohol a contributing
factor in the accident?
While it is common for driver error to be the cause of these types of accidents,
there are other potential factors to consider as well. For example, did
a hazardous roadway condition such as a large pothole cause the vehicle
to veer out of control? Did a defective auto part force the vehicle into
oncoming traffic? Faulty accelerator pedals and defective tires have caused
these kinds of accidents in the past. Did another motorist force the vehicle
out of its lane?
The family of someone who has been killed in a San Jose auto accident would
be well advised to preserve the vehicle for a complete and thorough inspection.
If it can be determined that the negligence of someone other than the
victim contributed to the accident, then, financial support may be available
for the family’s terrible loss. If successful, a wrongful death
claim can result in financial support for emergency services, funeral
expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, lost future wages, loss of inheritance,
and other related damages.
The San Jose car accident attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP help
families receive fair compensation for their loss. We offer free consultations
to anyone who has lost a loved one in a tragic car accident. Please contact us at
(800) 900-0863 for a complimentary case review.