A three-car collision has resulted in two deaths and at least nine injuries, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of two people. So far, no charges have been filed against either of the drivers involved in the crash, but the incident remains under investigation at the time of this report. 

According to the accident report, around 2:33 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 3, a wrong-way vehicle traveling south in the northbound lanes apparently struck two other vehicles. The 21-year-old driver of that vehicle was killed in the multiple impacts, as was a passenger she was transporting. The passenger was ejected from the vehicle and died at the accident scene. 

Nine other people were hurt in the incident. According to one of the people involved in the accident, those individuals were recovering as of the media report. The specifics of their injuries were not included, but two have apparently been released from the hospital. Police have not commented on the cause of the accident, but intoxication, recklessness or driver error have not been discounted as possible contributing factors to the accident. 

A fatal motor vehicle accident can be a tragic occurrence, but it is important to remember that legal recourse is available on behalf of those who perished. Even if California authorities do not choose to file criminal charges against one or more drivers involved in the crash, it remains possible that the family of the deceased can file a wrongful death lawsuit against anyone believed to have negligently caused or contributed to the accident. This includes the legal estates of those who died in the incident.