A distinguished biologist was killed and three other individuals were severely
injured in a six-car pile-up in Petaluma. The woman taught at the Bodega
Marine Laboratory, which is associated with UC Davis, and will be mourned
by her students and colleagues there and across the world in Indonesia,
where she frequently travelled to teach and study coral reef and ocean health.
According to reports, a driver travelling westbound on Lakeville Highway
veered from its side of the road and into the path of two oncoming cars
travelling eastbound. The biologist's car was struck first, then the
other, with three other cars crashing subsequently. The driver of the
car who crossed the center lane and his passenger were also injured and
taken to the hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation.
While at this time, the official reason behind the crash has not been determined,
several possible explanations may exist for this, or any other California
car crash. The first may be driver error. Was the driver going too fast
for conditions? Was he driving recklessly? The California Department of
Transportation (CDOT) reports that distracted driving and drunk driving
account for a large percentage of California fatal accidents. Was the
driver under the influence? Was he using his cellphone? Another factor
to evaluate is whether the car was properly maintained or if it had any
faulty or defective parts. Other considerations include questions of roadway
negligence. Was the driver forced to swerve to avoid a hazard or unexpected
debris in the road?
Several questions remain concerning this tragic crash. Whenever an accident
occurs, it is important to begin an investigation into all the facts and
circumstances which may have caused or contributed to the incident.
For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a motor
vehicle accident, please contact the experienced
San Francisco personal injury lawyers
at Bostwick Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.