A recent Perris car accident resulted in the death of 54-year-old William Shelton of Lemon Grove and left another motorist with minor injuries. The Press-Enterprise reported that three vehicles were involved in the accident which occurred on the Southbound side of the freeway around 7:20 p.m.
The accident caused one of the cars involved, a dark-colored sedan, to flip over and cross into the northbound side of the 215 freeway. Though it is not clear which car was driven by Mr. Shelton, it was reported he died at the scene. The accident closed two lanes on the southbound side of the 215 freeway for several hours causing heavy traffic on the freeway, as well as the Ramona Expressway as cars tried to exit.
California Highway Patrol officers are still investigating what caused this freeway crash. There are many possible causes for freeway accidents, especially on the busy Southern California freeways. Causes can include natural things such as rain or fog which cause poor visibility that can lead to accidents, or intentional things such careless choices by a driver to drive while intoxicated, texting, or while drowsy. When a car accident involves more than one car, like in this case, it is possible that one or more drivers could be at fault.
Determining fault is especially important when a person is injured or killed in a car accident. This is because the person at fault will be financially responsible for the injuries or deaths caused by their actions, usually through their insurance. When more details as to the cause of this crash are revealed, if it is determined that another driver was at fault for the accident, the family of Mr. Shelton can pursue a Perris wrongful death claim against any responsible parties. Wrongful death claims allow the family to receive financial compensation for their loss, which can be used to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, and other unexpected costs.
If it is determined that the other victim in this case, who suffered minor injuries, was not responsible for the collision, that victim can bring a personal injury claim against the responsible party to receive financial compensation for the cost of their injuries. Although the injuries were reported as minor, they can still be costly. Financial recovery received through a personal injury claim can help cover costs of medical care, either at the hospital or doctor’s office, as well as any physical recovery costs such as physical therapy (which can be necessary for even minor injuries such as whiplash, neck, and back pain.)
If you have been injured in a car accident or have lost a loved one in a car accident, you should contact the skilled car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Gary K. Walch. We have over forty years of experience handling both personal injury and wrongful death car accident cases in Riverside and its surrounding counties (Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Ventura). We offer a free consultation to go over the details of your case—Contact us today by completing our online form or by phone at 866-465-8792.