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Intoxication Believed to Been a Factor in Fatal Hwy 101 Roll-Over Crash

Salinas, CA – On the morning of Saturday, February 24, 2024, a rollover crash involving a 1995 Toyota Camry killed one and injured two others, according to KSBW.

Initial investigations suggest that the Camry was being driven by a 28-year-old Salinas man with two male passengers, aged 29 and 24. Around 4:54 AM, while driving southbound on Highway 101, the driver lost control of the vehicle after failing to complete a curve in the road. The Camry left the roadway and collided with the exit sign for Laurel Drive, ejecting the driver and right rear passenger.

Emergency responders transported all three men to Natividad Medical Center, where the 28-year-old driver succumbed to his injuries. Authorities believe the driver to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Wrongful Death Claims

The liability insurance that drivers carry is not just meant to cover accidental harm caused to those outside of the vehicle. A driver is responsible for the safety of those in their vehicle as well. While making a wrongful death claim against the insurance of someone who knew the victim personally may prove emotionally challenging, the financial burdens left to a grieving family by the loss of a loved one can be hefty.

A good personal injury attorney can help grieving families seek proper compensation for the loss by navigating these tricky issues, as well as negotiating on the victim’s behalf with insurance companies, who routinely work to minimize the payout of any claim they cannot deny.

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