A deadly overnight accident left three dead and the California Highway Patrol wondering if drugs or alcohol may be to blame. Just after midnight, a black Mercedes driven by one man slammed head-on into a Honda Accord, killing himself and both occupants of the other car.
The collision took place near Point Mugu, in what is traditionally a calm section of the Pacific Coast Highway. The force of the collision split the Mercedes in half and partially ejected the driver. Witnesses driving along PCH at the time suggest the black Mercedes was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred.
The scene is still under investigation, but California Highway Patrol officers are questioning whether drugs or alcohol could have played a role in the driver’s loss of control and subsequent collision. The Air National Guard and the United States Coast Guard patrolled the coastline in search of additional individuals who may have been ejected from the Mercedes as well, but turned up nothing.
Unfortunately, deadly automobile accidents such as these are a common occurrence throughout the Southland, with dozens of lives lost every year. However, if the cause of the accident is due to another driver’s reckless or negligent actions, the victims may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim. While such legal action cannot undo the terrible damage that has been done, it may provide a modicum of closure and a certain amount of financial stability.
For more information on wrongful death claims contact a qualified Woodland Hills personal injury attorney at Kahn Roven today.