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Drivers are often told of the importance of driving defensively. Unfortunately, even the most experienced drivers are often unable to avoid the actions of others on California roadways. In fact, the California Highway Patrol is investigating a recent fatal accident that resulted in the death of an off-duty police officer.

The incident that led to the man’s death happened one morning on a day in October. According to reports, the 33-year-old man was driving on a California freeway around 9 a.m. Unfortunately, another driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle, causing it to strike another one. The collision forced the second vehicle into the officer’s car, pushing the latter into a divider.

While the officer’s son suffered minor injuries, the officer was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle suffered major injuries. The California Highway Patrol is asking that anyone who may have witnessed the event to contact them.

The fatal accident has left a woman and her two young children grieving the unexpected loss of their loved one. While the emotional implications are likely clear, the family may also have concerns about their financial security following the crash. When car accidents in California result in a fatality, many surviving family members choose to seek damages in a civil court. If it can be proved that their loss was the result of another’s negligence, the court could order that the party found responsible pay damages, ensuring that the family can focus on their overall recovery rather than how they will meet their financial obligations.

Source: ocregister.com, “Police officer killed in crash on 405 Freeway; young son survives“, Lauren Williams, Oct. 8, 2017