An 18-year-old girl was killed in a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 101 in Redwood City on February 23. The victim was the passenger while her friend, another 18-year-old girl, was driving. Both lived in Silicon Valley in San Jose.
The girls were in a black Audi A3 and traveling southbound on Highway 101 when the driver suddenly lost control, veered off the highway and went airborne before colliding with a light pole. Local news sources say that this was the fourth deadly crash that California Highway Patrol responded to in the previous nine days in Redwood City.
The passenger was declared dead at the crash scene while the Audi’s driver was transported to Stanford Medical Center with serious injuries. TV reports showed the vehicle reduced to a heap of twisted metal. Police are investigating the crash and will see whether alcohol was a factor in it. The driver is under arrest.
If alcohol was involved, then the family of the decedent may be able to file a personal injury claim. What is intriguing from an insurance point of view is that the victim in this crash was a foreign national. Whatever the situation may be for other victims of motor vehicle accidents, it’s often wise to retain legal counsel.
A personal injury lawyer may assist with every aspect of a claim. First, they could bring in third parties like crash investigators, crash reconstruction analysts and medical professionals to gather proof against the defendant and determine the extent of injuries. The lawyer may also negotiate for a fair amount in damages with the other side’s insurance company. These could cover medical expenses, missed wages and pain and suffering. Wrongful death suits could cover funeral and burial costs, loss of support and more.