Ricardo Alcantar, 21, and Matthew Gibbons, 20, were killed in a Los Angeles car accident the night of December 12, 2009, after their car crashed near Long Beach Airport. According to a news report in The Press Telegram, the small two-door hatchback driven by Alcantar was traveling east on Spring Street, when it crashed into a tunnel divider causing the vehicle to be sliced in two pieces. Both Alcantar and Gibbons were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are looking into what caused this fatal car accident.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Alcantar and Gibbons for their devastating loss. They will certainly be in my prayers.
Car Accidents in Long Beach
There were 39 deaths and 2,212 injuries involving car accidents in Long Beach, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County, 712 people died and 56,475 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2007.
Based on this newspaper report, it is not clear who or what caused this fatal car accident that claimed the lives of these two young men. Was there a vehicle defect or a mechanical malfunction that caused the crash? Did rainy weather play a part? Did a dangerous or defective roadway cause or contribute to this car accident? Was another vehicle involved in this car crash? These are some of the important questions to ask when investigating these types of fatal accidents.
Liability Issues in Car Accidents
If an auto product defect caused this accident, then the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product can be held liable for the wrongful death of these two young victims. If a dangerous roadway caused the accident, then the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held responsible. Any claim against a governmental agency in California, must be filed within 180 days of an accident or injury.
In such cases, victims’ families would be well-advised to contact a skilled Long Beach personal injury lawyer, who will keep up with the official investigation, determine if any negligence was involved here, and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable. If an auto product defect is suspected, the vehicle should be preserved in its current crashed condition so it can be examined by an accident reconstruction expert for product defects, malfunctions and other evidence. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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