Highway 12 accident near Stockton leaves 3 dead, 6 hospitalized
TERMINOUS, CA (May 20, 2022) – A car accident on Highway 12 leaves three people dead and six others hospitalized after a high-speed head-on collision according to ABC 10.
The California Highway Patrol said that a Hyundai Elantra heading eastbound on Highway 12 was traveling at 100mph behind a Honda Pilot. A Toyota Camry was heading westbound on the same road, toward the Hyundai and Honda.
The driver of the Hyundai veered into the dirt and lost control of her vehicle, causing her to crash into the Honda. The crash caused both vehicles to swerve into the westbound lane directly into the path of the Toyota. Both the Hyundai and Honda landed overturned, while the Toyota was disabled.
The Hyundai driver died and was identified as a 28-year-old woman from Oakland. Two passengers in the Honda also died, and were identified as a 25-year-old and a 30-year-old, both from Stockton. The driver and another passenger from the Honda were injured and taken to the hospital, along with the driver of the Toyota.
Police officers say they’ve yet to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved in this fatal collision.
Liability In Stockton Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Stockton Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the decedents in this case. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Stockton car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.