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California Highway 101 accident causes woman's death

An accident on Feb. 6 involving two vehicles claimed the life of one person on Highway 101. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, according to a California Highway Patrol representative, but drugs and alcohol are not believed to have been involved.

The car accident occurred about 8:40 a.m. near Masten Avenue when a pickup collided with a Honda SUV resulting in both vehicles overturning and coming to rest in the median. The woman driving the SUV died at the accident scene, and as of the time of this report, her identity had not been made public.

Reports suggest that the pickup exited the road onto the shoulder, and when returning to the roadway, the vehicle overcorrected, causing the pickup to cross over the right and hitting the SUV. The pickup driver suffered minor injuries in the accident and was taken to a hospital.

Although the exact reason for the 2-vehicle accident was undetermined at the time of reporting, a major cause of car accidents involves distracted driving. Using a cell phone or reaching for an item in the glove box may take concentration from the road ahead. Likewise, falling asleep at the wheel might cause a driver to veer off the highway.

In a case similar to this, a driver may cause the death of another motorist. The family of the decedent may find itself in a financially distressing position due to funeral and burial costs as well as losing the income the individual may have contributed to household expenses.

An attorney may assist the family by reviewing police records, witness accounts and reconstruction reports to determine why the accident happened. If the driver was at fault, the attorney may assist in filing a wrongful death suit to recover damages.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Gilroy: One killed, one injured in Highway 101 crash," Katie Nelson, Feb. 6, 2015

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