When drivers don’t follow the laws while traveling on California’s roadways, accidents can happen. Passing vehicles when it’s unsafe to do so, speeding, and driving recklessly in other ways can cause serious collisions, leading to injuries to those involved. Sadly, many innocent victims are injured or killed each year due to negligent driving. A recent accident in Santa Clara County left two young children dead and investigators are still trying to determine who, if anyone, was at fault.
Details of the accident
The multi-vehicle crash happened near Gilroy on state Highway 152. A man who was driving a Tesla in the westbound lane drove into the eastbound lane to attempt to pass a semi-truck. The Tesla collided with a Honda in the eastbound lane. The impact of the collision caused the Tesla to collide with a Dodge head-on. The Dodge then struck the semi and the Tesla crashed into another vehicle.
A child who was in the Dodge died at the scene of the crash. Another child was injured and died later at a nearby hospital. Some of the occupants of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries. The investigation will continue to determine if any of the drivers were negligent. If so, they may face charges related to the accident.
What to do after a deadly accident
Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident is often traumatic for the loved ones left behind. When someone is killed because of another driver’s negligence, the family of the victim has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver at fault. Victims’ families can speak with a California personal injury attorney to understand their options.