A 44-year-old man was killed in a Long Beach car accident after he was struck by a distracted driver on the 405 Freeway the morning of July 25, 2010. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred when the driver of a 2004 Ford Explorer SUV, a Huntington Beach man, took his eyes off the road to adjust his radio.
He then crashed into a disabled minivan killing the driver and injuring a 37-year-old female passenger. California Highway Patrol officials say the 46-year-old Orange County driver was not arrested. The initial crash involving the 2004 Mazda minivan occurred when its driver fell asleep at the wheel and struck the metal guardrail on the right shoulder.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this deceased car accident victim. I also wish the injured passenger the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep these victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 27 deaths and 1,881 injuries involving car accidents in Long Beach. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that this fatal car accident occurred as a result of a distracted driver who was adjusting the radio at the time of the collision. Traveling at a speed of 65 to 70 mph, the driver apparently did not see the disabled minivan until it was too late. In this case, if the driver of the Ford SUV is determined to have been at fault, then he could not only face criminal charges, but also be held civilly liable for the victim’s wrongful death and the passenger’s injuries.
Families of deceased victims could file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation to cover medical and funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship and other related damages. Injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy and other damages. An experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families about their legal rights and options.
What steps do you take to avoid common distractions in the vehicle when you are driving?
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