Tuesday, March 16, 2010

2 Men and a 3-Year-old Girl Dies in Riverside Fatal Head-on Collision

Three people, including a 3-year-old girl, died in a fatal car accident in Riverside the other night.

According to CHP, 30-year-old Donald Graves of Hemet was driving a Chevy Malibu on the eastbound lane of Florida Avenue just ahead of Highway 74 with his 3-year-old daughter Dakota when the car drifted into the westbound lane and collided with a Honda Accord.

Graves and the Accord driver, Andrew Huizar, 20, of Apple Valley died at the scene while Dakota was pronounced dead in Hemet Valley Medical Center after sustaining major injuries.

The California Highway Patrol is still unsure of what caused the head-on collision but is looking into a possible dangerous turning maneuver by Graves.

Since it is still not sure who the liable party in the accident is, the families of both parties can file a wrongful death claim against each other.

California is a comparative negligence state so even if the victim is partially at fault for the accident, they can still collect damages.

However, the amount to be awarded will also be reduced by their level of liability.