A man in his 30s was killed in a Lancaster car accident after two cars collided at a street intersection. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal car crash occurred at 110th Street West at SR-138, the morning of July 2, 2012. Officials have not released information regarding how or why this collision occurred. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of the man killed in this tragic Los Angeles car accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), nine people were killed and 693 were injured in Lancaster car accidents. During the same year, 554 fatalities and 50,817 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in Los Angeles County as a whole.
Possible Stop Sign Violation
Based on this news report, the two cars collided at an intersection, which is monitored by a two-way stop sign. It is unclear if one of the vehicles failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign and failed to yield the right of way to the other vehicle. California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution.
According to California Vehicle Code section 21802 (a): "The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety."
In such cases, the at-fault motorist can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Those who have lost loved ones due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of companionship and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families about their legal rights and options in such cases.