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Multi-vehicle Crash on Hwy 16 near Rancho Murieta Kills 1, Injures 2

Rancho Murieta, CA — According to CBS13, a fatal multi-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 16 Tuesday evening, May 14, 2024, resulting in one death and two hospitalizations.

The collision, which involved three vehicles, transpired shortly before 4:30 PM on Highway 16, west of Murieta South Parkway. A man driving a westbound Acura RDX veered into the eastbound lane, resulting in a collision with an oncoming Toyota Corolla. The impact caused the Acura to deflect off the Corolla and collide head-on with a Toyota Tacoma traveling behind the Corolla.

The driver of the Acura sustained fatal injuries in the collision, while the drivers of the Corolla and the Tacoma experienced minor to moderate injuries. The identities of the individuals involved have not been disclosed.

The CHP’s preliminary investigation suggests that alcohol impairment may have played a role in the accident. The investigation remains ongoing as authorities work to determine the precise circumstances that led to this tragic event.

Wrongful Death Claims

Establishing fault in a collision can depend on multiple factors. Helping to determine legal liability is one of the ways that a personal injury attorney can help grieving families recovering from the loss of a loved one in a traffic accident.

Suppose it is determined that another party holds some portion of responsibility for their loved one’s death. In that case, they may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver. A wrongful death claim can provide compensation to help cover hospital fees, burial costs, and the loss of support for dependents of the deceased.

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