Donald Graves, 30, his daughter, 3-year-old Dakota and Andrew Huizar, 20, were all killed in a Riverside car accident the evening of March 9, 2010. The Press-Enterprise reports that Graves was driving east on Florida Avenue near Hemet, in a Chevy Malibu, when the car crossed into opposing lanes and struck a Honda Accord. Huizar, the driver of the Accord, died at the scene. Dakota sustained critical injuries and died at a local hospital. Graves’ injuries were also fatal. He was apparently not wearing a seatbelt, but Dakota was buckled into a backward facing car seat.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Donald and Dakota Graves as well as Andrew Huizar. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved these deceased victims. Please keep them in your prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were seven fatalities and 416 injuries involving car accidents in Hemet. In Riverside County as a whole, car accidents claimed 220 lives and injured 8,561 people in 2008.
How Did this Fatal Collision Occur?
Based on the details of this news report, authorities are still not sure what caused this tragic accident. However, they are saying at this point that an unsafe turning maneuver by Graves on the straight stretch of Highway 74 may have caused this head-on collision. Both cars were apparently traveling at about 55 mph. Neither driver was intoxicated, officials said.
Fault and Liability Issues
In such cases, it is best for families of the deceased victims to seek the counsel of an experienced Riverside car accident lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and help protect their legal rights and options. If Graves is determined to have been at fault for this accident, then Huizar’s family may be able to seek compensation from Graves’ estate and insurance. If Huizar was at fault, the Graves family can seek compensation from Huizar’s estate and insurance. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to advise victims’ families about how their own car insurance policy applies to a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
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