California authorities say that a 34-year-old woman was impaired when she caused the fatal accident Oct. 3 on Highway 101. The woman was driving a Volkswagen Cabrio southbound on the northbound section of the highway when the collision occurred. Police say that the highway is curved at the site of the accident, which means that the driver of the taxi that the woman hit might not have seen her vehicle coming.
According to authorities, a 42-year-old man was driving the taxi that was transporting a 62-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman. The passengers were a married couple from Chicago, and police say that all three people in the taxi were killed. The woman who was driving the vehicle that caused the wreck was also killed. Police aren’t sure if the taxi passengers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
It was revealed that one of the riders was ejected from the vehicle in the aftermath of the accident. Authorities acknowledged that they had received several calls about a driver going the wrong way on Highway 101 before the crash. However, they said that they weren’t able to catch up to the vehicle in time. One of the deceased taxi driver’s colleagues said that driving during the overnight hours was especially dangerous because of the numerous drunk or tired drivers on the road.
Someone who has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver might be entitled to various forms of compensation. If a person is killed in such an accident, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent party. An attorney could help a client determine the best way to potentially hold a negligent individual responsible for his or her actions.