It can take little more than a couple of seconds for a vehicle to veer off course and drift into oncoming lanes. This brief span of time may leave oncoming drivers with little chance of reacting to the situation. Motor vehicle accidents that take place under similar scenarios can have catastrophic consequences. A two-vehicle accident that took place in California has reportedly claimed the life of one person and left two others with severe injuries.

Authorities say they responded to the scene of the crash on a recent Monday afternoon. Initial investigations indicate that the accident occurred when, for unknown reasons, the driver of a northbound vehicle suddenly lost control and drifted into southbound lanes. The vehicle crashed into the side of a second vehicle shortly thereafter and then proceeded to travel in oncoming lanes before colliding with a van.

The driver who caused the crash reportedly passed away at the scene. Authorities have also advised that the driver and a passenger within the van were both rushed to a nearby medical facility for treatment of severe injuries. While an investigation into the accident has been initiated, it remains unclear what might have caused the driver of the first car to cross into oncoming lanes of traffic.

Those who suffer serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents due to the actions of another party may wish to know more about their available options for legal recourse. By consulting with a personal injury attorney, a person in California could obtain much-needed advice on how best to prepare to pursue the full amount of compensation to which he or she may be entitled. Should the party deemed responsible pass away in the collision, an attorney can assist a client in pursuing restitution through a claim against the estate of the deceased.