Two women killed on Highway 101 in Sunnyvale after multi-vehicle crash

Posted: July 20, 2022

SUNNYVALE, CA (July 20, 2022) – Two women were killed in a Sunnyvale multi-vehicle crash on Highway 101, according to NBC Bay Area.

The accident occurred early Saturday morning, around 2:45 a.m., when a Jeep and Prius collided with each other on the highway near Mathilda Avenue.

California Highway Patrol officers say that after the crash, two women stepped out onto the freeway, possibly to assess the damage. The women were then struck by a third vehicle, killing them both.

The women’s names are being withheld pending notification and release from next of kin.

Officers say that the driver of the Jeep has been arrested for suspicion of DUI.

The third driver involved in this Sunnyvale multi-vehicle crash, who struck the two women, has not been arrested.

We will update this story with more details as they become available.

For more information on what to do after car accidents, especially on how to prevent tragedies like this from occurring, see our article 10 things you should do after a car accident.

Liability In Sunnyvale Multi-Vehicle Crash

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:

  • Speeding
  • 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 Sunnyvale Car Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the families of the two women slain in this accident. 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 Bay Area 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 (844) 966-0965.

 

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