Officials shut down a California freeway for approximately three hours so investigators could work the scene of a deadly accident. Four people were injured in the collision, including the driver accused of causing the wreck. Sadly, a child was killed. A fatal accident such as this can be extremely distressing to injury victims and loved ones who survive the fatally injured.

Police say that the wreck occurred at approximately 1:25 p.m. on a recent Saturday. A 54-year-old father had been driving with his three sons — two 7-year-old boys and a 16-year-old — on the freeway when his vehicle suddenly became disabled. He was unable to move his car out of the lane.

A 60-year-old man who was driving in the same lane as the father and his sons may not have been giving his full attention to the road, because he collided with the disabled vehicle while driving at 75 mph. It is not clear if he attempted to apply the brakes at any point before the collision. Everyone involved in the accident was seriously injured, and emergency responders transported them to various hospitals for treatment. One of the younger boys in the disabled vehicle died at the hospital.

A fatal accident can quickly turn a family’s life upside down. Few people realize the kinds of damages that are involved in these types of accidents, including emotional and financial problems that may arise afterward. California families who need help getting justice and compensation on behalf of loved ones may want to consider the benefits of successfully pursuing wrongful death claims.