A man sustained critical injuries in a Los Angeles car accident after a truck rear-ended his vehicle on March 19, 2010, triggering a chain-reaction crash involving several other vehicles. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the injury collision, which involved nine vehicles, occurred when a big-rig apparently lost its brakes near the intersection of Mar Vista Street and Colima Road, and crashed into the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by the victim. Two others sustained minor injuries. The injured victim is still in critical condition. An investigation is ongoing.My heart goes out to this seriously injured victim and his family for what they are going through at this point. I hope and pray that he recovers quickly and completely from his injuries.
My heart goes out to this seriously injured victim and his family for what they are going through at this point. I hope and pray that he recovers quickly and completely from his injuries.
Car Accident Statistics
There was one fatality and 358 injuries involving car accidents in Whittier in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 deaths and 52,229 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Fault and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that this truck accident was caused by the big-rig’s driver who initially rear-ended the victim’s Toyota. That in turn caused a chain-reaction crash. Officials say the truck may have lost its brakes. In this case, if I were a member of the injured victim’s family, I would want to find out exactly what happened. Was the driver of the big-rig fatigued or distracted? Was he driving at an unsafe rate of speed given the traffic conditions? Was the truck poorly maintained? Was the truck driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs? I trust officials are investigating these and other issues in order to determine precisely what happened here.
If this accident is determined to have been the truck driver’s fault, then, the truck driver, as well as his employer, could be held liable for the accident and injuries caused. It is the responsibility of a driver and the company that owns the truck to make sure that the vehicle is in proper working condition before it gets on the road. Victims in such cases could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
The injured victim or his family would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed Los Angeles car accident lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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