Fontana, CA (January 4th, 2021) – Two people were fatally injured and three others suffered non-fatal injuries in a traffic accident involving a wrong-way driver on the 210 Freeway in Fontana.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the multi-vehicle accident took place in the early morning hours of January 3rd., where a woman from Moreno Valley was traveling eastbound while being on the westbound HOV lane of Route 210 Freeway. The 40-year-old woman was driving a 2007 Lexus just east of Citrus Ave. according to authorities.
The CHP reports that as the Lexus drove past Citrus Ave., it crashed into a 2019 Honda, which was being driven by a man, age 35 from Sylmar who was headed west in the HOV lane. The Honda had two other passengers – a 30-year-old woman also from Sylmar and a 30-year-old man from Tujunga.
Once the Lexus struck the Honda, the vehicle then collided with a 2000 Toyota that was traveling in the third lane, ultimately causing the Toyota to overturn.
Following the collision, the two passengers in the Honda succumbed to their injuries. According to the CHP, the two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.
Both drivers from the Honda and the Lexus suffered major injuries and they were transported to local hospitals for medical treatment. The Toyota driver suffered minor injuries.
The accident and the cause of the accident are still under investigation at this time. Anyone with additional information regarding the accident is being asked to contact the California Highway Patrol, Rancho Cucamonga office.
Multi-vehicle accidents are common in California due to the sheer volume of traffic traveling along the busy corridors, such as the 210 Freeway. When an accident occurs, the injured victims can file a claim against the party who caused the accident for monetary damages. Multi-vehicle claims can be challenging, however. From a liability standpoint and from the perspective of insurance claims processing, it can be difficult to determine who was at fault for the accident.
When two or more cars have been involved in an accident, it can be challenging to find the exact cause of the accident without extensive investigations. In many of these cases, there may be more than one at-fault party.
The State of California is a comparative fault state, which means that the amount of fault each party will be responsible for will depend on the percentage they are found to be at fault for. For instance, if a jury finds that the plaintiff is 30 percent responsible for causing his or her own injuries because he or she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, the plaintiff’s damages award will be subtracted by 20 percent. Fortunately, plaintiffs can still recover compensation, even when found partially at-fault for the accident.
The State of California adheres to the theory of comparative fault in determining fault in multi-vehicle accidents, and compensation can be recovered from multiple parties. Depending on the facts of the case, other parties that may be held accountable for the multi-vehicle accident include government agencies, construction companies, vehicle parts manufacturing companies, and vehicle maintenance companies.
Although multi-vehicle accidents can be extremely frightening, wrong-way auto accidents are some of the most devastating types of car accidents. Wrong-way accidents occur when a person steers into the opposite direction of travel, ultimately colliding with those headed in the right direction.
There are many reasons why wrong-way traffic accidents occur, but the most common reason is driver negligence. Driver negligence can involve driving while under the influence, driving while distracted, and driving while sleep-deprived. These accidents can also be caused as a result of a lack of warning signs, such as Do Not Enter signs, insufficient lighting, and road design issues.
As a consequence of the complexity of wrong-way and multi-vehicle accidents, it is imperative to seek legal counsel from a well-established personal injury law firm. A firm with the right experience will thoroughly investigate the details of the case and help establish liability.
For more than a decade, the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King have served those who have been injured as a result of another’s negligence. Whether the accident was a multi-vehicle accident, wrong-way accident, or other types of auto accidents, the firm is equipped to handle the most complex traffic accident cases in Southern California.
If you or a loved one was injured in a traffic accident, consider seeking the legal advice of the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King. For a free initial consultation, call (909) 297-5001 or complete the online contact form here.