WHITEWATER, CA (March 16, 2023) – A motorist was killed and another injured in a motor vehicle crash on the I-10 near Whitewater, California. The CHP closed all but one lane on the eastbound side due to the crash.
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The crash happened around 8:50 a.m. on eastbound I-10 near Haugen-Lehmann Way, California Highway Patrol reported.
CHP Officials stated that the slow lane was impacted by a car and van, but no other details were available.
The Riverside County Fire Department arrived shortly later and found the motorist in the smaller vehicle gravely injured and trapped, requiring extrication, according to officials.
The motorist, not currently named, was pronounced dead after being extracted from the vehicle.
Officials stated that the other driver suffered minor injuries and was treated by paramedics, but refused to be taken to the hospital for further assistance.
Officers shut down four of the five eastbound I-10 lanes for the preliminary investigation and to clear the debris from the crash.
A SigAlert was placed shortly before 10 a.m. due to lane closures and mile-long traffic jams. Officials say that the closures are expected to remain in effect until mid-afternoon Thursday.
Liability For Whitewater California 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 The Whitewater Motorist’s Car Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the families related to the Whitewater motorist as well as the one injured in this car crash. 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.
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