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Malibu car/bicycle accident injures 1 and kills 2

While not uncommon on California roadways, car accidents can cause devastating post-traumatic stress, debilitating physical injury and even loss of life. These accidents sometimes also involve nondrivers who nevertheless share the road, such as pedestrians or bicyclists. Regardless of who is directly involved, car accidents also have an indirect effect on the family members and loved ones of those injured or killed in the wreck.

fatal car accident occurred between an eastbound red Dodge Ram pickup truck and a westbound gray Mercury minivan on the Pacific Coast Highway near Trancas Canyon Road in Malibu on Aug. 3, 2018. The accident killed the drivers of both vehicles, injured a bicyclist and closed down both lanes of traffic from shortly after noon until approximately 6:30 p.m. Officials from the sheriff's department report that the driver of the minivan, an adult male, appears to have been trying to pass another vehicle at a high rate of speed, crashing through the barriers that separate the eastbound lanes from the westbound upon losing control of the vehicle and crossing the center divider. A witness described the resulting collision with the red pickup, also driven by an adult male, as almost an explosion. Authorities believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. 

A wheel that came off the pickup truck during the crash struck a bicyclist, who sustained minor injuries as a result and is in stable condition at an area hospital. The drivers of the two vehicles died at the scene of the collision. The identities of the bicyclist and drivers of the vehicles were not available at the time of the accident. 

Car accidents such as this can have far-reaching effects for those directly and indirectly involved. Those injured in a car wreck, as well as family members of the deceased, may consider contacting a lawyer to see if compensation is available for the injuries and losses they have suffered.

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