May 6th, 2013| May 6, 2013 A California Auto Accident that occurred over the weekend and involved a limousine was responsible for claiming the lives of five women. Reports indicate that overcrowding and defective design of the vehicle may have been contributing factors in the tragedy. According to an article from USA Today, the incident occurred this past Saturday night, in the westbound lanes of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge spanning the San Francisco Bay. The women were riding in a 1999 Lincoln Town Car limousine as they traveled to a local hotel following a bridal shower. During the trip though, the rear of the vehicle burst into flames, trapping the nine occupants of the car in the inferno. Four of the women were able to escape the blaze; however, five of their companions, including the bride, died as a result of the fire. As experts search for clues to the cause of the incident, it has come to light that the vehicle may have been overcrowded at the time. State law allows such a vehicle to carry eight passenger or less. There were nine passengers in the limousine at the time the fire erupted. Also, the vehicle was only equipped with two rear doors, which is standard for a limousine of that age; however, new limousines come equipped with more doors for passengers. The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers would like to send their condolences to the family and friends of the victims.