James Carrigan, 59, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident when his SUV was rear-ended by another vehicle on the freeway. According to a City News Service report, his wife, 58-year-old Susan Carrigan, was driving their 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer on the 5 Freeway in Castaic, the morning of July 9, 2011, when the SUV was rear-ended by a Mazda. The impact of the collision pushed the SUV into the freeway’s guardrail, before it overturned and tumbled into a ravine. James Carrigan was ejected from the SUV and sustained fatal injuries. Susan Carrigan sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Officials are still investigating the cause of this accident.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of James Carrigan following this tragic car accident. I also wish Susan Carrigan a complete and speedy recovery from her injuries. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 121 people were killed and 4,683 were injured due to car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. During that same year, 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries occurred involving Los Angeles County car accidents.
What Caused This Rear-End Collision?
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Mazda rear-ended the SUV. However, it is not clear what caused the Mazda to rear-end the Chevy SUV. Was the driver of the Mazda impaired, distracted, inattentive or otherwise negligent? Was the Mazda’s driver following the Chevy SUV too closely?
California Vehicle Code Section 21703 states: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” California Vehicle Code Section 21704 also states that the driver “shall keep the vehicle he is driving at a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear of any other motor vehicle subject to such speed restriction which is preceding it.”
If the driver of the Mazda is determined to have been at fault for this crash, he or she could be held liable for the wrongful death of James Carrigan, as well as Susan Carrigan’s injuries. It would also be a good idea to preserve the Trailblazer so it can be examined for seat restraint system failure. Apparently James Carrigan was reclining with his seatbelt on, but was still ejected from the vehicle. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to examine all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
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