Wrong-Way Traffic Accident Kills 4 in Sierra Nevada
Four people died as the result of a wrong-way driver on Saturday morning, November 20th.
The tragic accident occurred in Sierra Nevada at 5 a.m. on Interstate 80.
According to reports, a Jeep was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes prior to hitting a Honda Civic head-on.
Both Brittney and Antonio, 29, were in the Civic and sadly died at the scene. In addition, a 5-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl in the backseat also died upon impact.
There was also an infant in the Honda Civic that was airlifted to the Renown Regional Medical Center with major injuries.
The baby’s condition is unknown at this time.
Investigators are working to determine what may have factored into the crash.
JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brittney and Antonio Montano.
Although crashes involving wrong-way driving account for only 3% of motor vehicle accidents, they usually have a higher fatality rate as they are often head-on collisions. A study in Virginia concluded that those accidents which include wrong-way driving are twenty-seven times more likely to end in a fatality compared to other types of accidents
In the U.S. one’s odds of dying in a car accident is around 1 in 107.
If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may be entitled to wrongful death benefits.
It is also important to remember that in the state of California a person involved in a car accident who has sustained injuries has to file a claim within two years of the accident.
If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.