Fontana, CA – Three Killed in Fiery Wrong-Way Crash on I-15

Fontana, CA (October 27, 2022) – On Monday evening, October 24, a serious accident was reported in Fontana that tragically killed three people.

According to authorities, a crash was reported around 11:40 p.m. on the 15 Freeway in Fontana. The California Highway Patrol reported the accident involved two passenger vehicles in the southbound lanes of the freeway, in which one of the vehicles was traveling the wrong way. The accident happened when a car was traveling north in the southbound lanes when it collided with another vehicle head-on, just south of Sierra Avenue. The impact of the crash was so forceful that the sedan was severely mangled and erupted into flames.

Emergency personnel was immediately called to the scene. Firefighters and paramedics quickly responded to the accident scene to find two vehicles, a Honda and a Kia, that were engulfed in flames with occupants who were trapped inside. Firefighters worked quickly to put out the fire and help the injured. Due to the severity of the accident and the fire that was caused, three people in the accident, two in the Honda and one in the Kia suffered very severe injuries and died as a result of their injuries at the accident scene. Police have not released their identities at this time pending notification of their next of kin.

The accident delayed local traffic as crews tended to the victims, conducted their investigation, and cleared the accident. All but one lane of the highway and the Sierra Avenue onramp were closed for a few hours.

We extend our deepest condolences to the deceased victims’ families at this time. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.

Fatal Car Accidents in California

A head-on collision can happen when a driver crosses over the centerline or when driving in the wrong direction. Head-on collisions are often the most dangerous crashes, especially when they occur on highways, due to the high speeds. Head-on collisions are often caused by reckless driving. Of all the potential causes of accidents, reckless driving is the number one cause of accidents in California. Reckless driving includes texting while driving, speeding, impaired driving, failing to yield or stop at traffic lights, and failing to follow the rules of the road.

Each driver owes a legal duty of care to the other drivers that they will operate their vehicle safely and responsibly to ensure the safety of others. When an accident happens, this legal duty of care has likely been breached and they can be held liable for the resulting damages.

When a person is killed by someone else’s negligent actions a wrongful death claim can be filed against the other party by the person’s next of kin. There are two requirements for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit:

  1. The first is proving that another person’s negligence or recklessness caused the death of your loved one.
  2. The second is documenting the damages suffered by the surviving family members.

An experienced wrongful death attorney can walk you through the process of filing a claim and help you handle these important matters.

If you have lost somebody you love in a fatal car accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Please do not hesitate to contact a Fontana wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.

Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request. 

Disclaimer: This is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.

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