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Crash on California freeway results in flames, fatalities

A July 20 car wreck in Corona left two people dead, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Interstate 15 accident reportedly transpired at approximately 1:15 a.m. near the 91 Freeway and involved two vehicles, one of which caught fire as a result of the crash.

A southbound vehicle was rear-ended by a second southbound vehicle, authorities said. The vehicle that was struck from the rear erupted in flames as a result of the collision, and its two occupants did not survive the incident, authorities added.

Reportedly, the second vehicle was traveling at excessive speeds prior to rear-ending the first vehicle. According to eyewitness accounts, the second vehicle was traveling at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Authorities reported that police detained the driver of that vehicle on suspicion of DUI.

If a preponderance of evidence from this case were to reveal that drunk driving and excessive speeding were in fact contributing factors to the crash, then the party responsible for that actionable behavior may encounter civil action besides criminal charges. For, people who suffer damages in connection with auto accidents caused by negligent drivers may seek to hold those drivers accountable for the accident in civil court.

For example, certain family members of deceased accident victims may bring a wrongful death claim against the party whose actionable behavior caused the fatal accident. If successful, these bereaved family members may receive financial compensation for economic losses they suffered as a result of the crash, such as the costs associated with the decedent's funeral service and estate administration. Moreover, claimants in a successful wrongful death suit might also be awarded compensation for lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to dependents or the family household prior to death.

Source: KTLA, "2 Killed in Fiery High-Speed Crash on 15 Freeway in Corona; Suspected DUI Driver Arrested", Tracy Bloom, July 20, 2014

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