Salinas, CA (November 20, 2023) – At least one person was killed and several others were injured on Monday, November 20th, following a severe head-on crash on Espinosa Road in Salinas, California. The California Highway Patrol noted that the tragic accident took place at around 5:47 a.m. at 53 Espinosa in the area east of Castroville Road.
According to reports from the CHP, two vehicles were involved including a Nissan Maxima and an unnamed second vehicle. The two cars collided head on at high speed, the Maxima lost control and ended up far off the road with severe front end damage.
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Paramedics were quickly called to the scene to help the injured. They found at least three people who had sustained injuries in the crash, one of which was very severe. Two of these injured parties required help to exit their vehicles. Sadly one of the injured persons succumbed to their injuries and was passed away at the scene.
Espinosa Road was closed for a time in order for police to investigate the incident and for the wreckage to be cleared. Tow trucks were called to move both vehicles. At this time the head-on crash on Espinosa Road is still under investigation.
Liability In Salinas 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 Head-On Crash on Espinosa Road
We at Accident News Now extend our condolences to the family and friends of the person killed, and wish the injured a speedy recovery 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 Salinas car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.