A 38-year-old man was killed in a Los Angeles car accident the evening of July 29, 2009 after his pickup truck jumped off a bridge in Long Beach, California and onto the 710 Freeway. According to a news report in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the man died at the scene of the crash from major head and chest trauma. Officials who responded found the vehicle had plunged off the bridge and over the flood control channel and landed about 45 feet below on the 710 Freeway. The pickup truck apparently narrowly missed two cars traveling below. Both the truck’s occupants were trapped. A 28-year-old female passenger was taken to an area hospital with moderate injuries.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this deceased victim for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your prayers. It’s indeed fortunate that the passenger survived this 45-foot drop and escaped with moderate injuries. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 39 fatalities and 2,212 injuries involving car accidents in Long Beach. In Los Angeles County, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
Based on this newspaper report, it’s not clear how or why the driver of the pickup truck lost control and crashed. There is no mention in this report whether the driver was under the influence, speeding or otherwise distracted. So there are a few other things that could’ve happened here. The car crash may have been caused by a mechanical malfunction or a defective auto product. There may have been a dangerous condition on the freeway, which may have caused or contributed to this fatal car accident. It is also possible that another vehicle may have been involved. For example, the pickup truck may have been run off the roadway by another driver. As we see everyday, for each accident, there are a variety of possibilities. If I were a family member of the victims in this car accident, I’d also want to know why this elevated bridge, one that seems to be on-ramp to the freeway, did not have higher and more secure barriers to prevent vehicles from going over.
Liability in California Car Accidents
It takes an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer to analyze all aspects of a case and determine who or what caused the accident and help conclude whether there was any negligence involved. If the accident was caused by an auto product defect, the auto maker or manufacturer of the defective auto product could be held liable. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused the accident then the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a governmental entity in California must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.