On Saturday afternoon, a 55-year-old Clovis man was killed in a fatal crash in Kings County. At 3 p.m., a three-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 41 and Grangeville.
According to the California Highway Patrol officers, a Chevy Silverado driver hit the victim’s Nissan from behind. The Nissan then collided with the Ford in front of it.
The Nissan’s driver died after sustaining injuries. CHP officers said the cause of the accident is unclear, but alcohol or drugs could have played a role. They are further investigating the crash.
Common Causes of Multi-Vehicle Accidents
Multi-Vehicle accidents are more common on freeways than on city streets. On freeways, driving at higher speeds makes it even more difficult for drivers to avoid and react to crashes that are often quick and unexpected.
Several factors contribute to multi-vehicle accidents, such as:
- Weather Conditions – In the event of a sudden pile-up on the freeway, poor weather conditions will inevitably limit a driver’s ability to see the road ahead, reduce their ability to control the vehicle, and reduce reaction times. For apparent reasons, fog and snow are the two most difficult types of bad weather that a driver may face.
- Texting While Driving – Texting while driving has become so common that many people now compare driving and texting to drinking and driving. Unfortunately, both can drastically impair a driver’s focus and ability to drive safely.
- Reckless Driving – Aggressive driving is becoming more prevalent. Tailgating, making unsafe lane changes, and speeding will only increase the chances of a multi-vehicle accident.
- Driving While Drowsy – Driving while drowsy puts everyone on the road in danger. All it takes is for one driver to fall asleep, and a collision is nearly certain to occur.
Compensation Claims for Multi-Vehicle Accident in California
1. Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that can be covered in monetary terms. Economic damages are evaluated by calculating the amounts of out-of-pocket losses that an aggrieved party has had or may incur due to their injuries.
Here are a few examples of economic losses:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
2. Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are primarily intended to cover damages that are considered subjective and do not always pay out-of-pocket losses. Compensation for non-economic damages may include:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain And Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
3. Punitive Damages
Punitive damages are the third type of damages that a California court can award. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant and are only awarded when the defendant’s behaviour is particularly harmful. Punitive damages are rare, with approximately 5% of all verdicts including them.
California Personal Injury Lawyers
The Southern California Personal Injury Lawyers at Khashan Law, have over 20 years of combined experience representing several seriously injured clients and receiving fair compensation on their behalf.
If you or your family member have been a victim of a multi-vehicle accident. In that case, an attorney at Khashan Law can help you obtain financial compensation for your losses, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team, call 951-461-2387 immediately.