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In Orland, California, I-5 was forced to be closed for about six hours after a California Highway Patrol officer became distracted on his computer, causing a crash that claimed the life of 15-year-old Weston Sites. As the officer approached a construction zone, he failed to slow down enough to accommodate the reduced speed and was unable to stop in time before hitting the other driver.
The other car was a 2013 Hyundai driven by a 17-year-old female from Willows. She was accompanied by her younger sister and Sites, who was sitting in the back. The sisters sustained minor injuries and have been released from the hospital.
This occurrence brings a whole new level of attention to distracted driving. Technology allows us to communicate and stay connected on the go. As convenient as this may be, it has also made us less aware on the road than ever before. Over 3,000 teens die each year as a result of texting while driving alone.
Whether you or someone you love has been impacted in a car accident, the days, months and years ahead will be difficult. If you were injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving and are looking for a California car accident lawyer, contact The May Firm at 1.844.MAYFIRM for a free consultation about your legal options.
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