A hit-and-run crash on the 210 Freeway in California caused the death of a young tennis player. According to the California Highway Patrol’s crash report, the wreck in the westbound lanes left the roadway covered in auto fluids like oil. This caused multiple motor vehicle accidents shortly after the initial collision that left one damaged car in the traffic lanes.
Reportedly, a 21-year-old female tennis player, a teammate and their coach were in an SUV that lost control and crashed along with three other vehicles. The woman was ejected from the SUV, causing critical injuries to which she succumbed later. Her teammate and the coach were both rushed to a hospital for treatment of their injuries.
CHP reported that the driver of one of the other vehicles that also crashed was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired by alcohol. However, they could not say whether this driver’s condition played a role in the woman’s death. Investigators will likely reconstruct the crash to determine who was at fault.
Although the California civil justice system allows surviving family members to pursue claims for financial relief after the loss of a loved one, establishing negligence in a multi-vehicle crash can be particularly challenging. The sensible steps to take in such circumstances is to retain the services of an attorney who has experience in dealing with motor vehicle accidents and navigating the complicated legal proceeding in pursuit of a monetary judgment to financial losses. The lawyer might need to launch an independent investigation to determine fault in a case such as this one.