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Postal Worker Killed in Los Angeles Car Accident

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Anthony Dunn Jr., 31, was killed in a horrific Los Angeles car accident on February 28, 2012 after being hit by a car. The collision pinned Dunn to his mail van and severed his legs. According to a CBS news report, the fatal accident occurred around noon in the 1100 block of Prado Street in Boyle Heights. Police say Dunn was standing near the back of his van when the other driver struck him. Dunn was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Officials suspect that the motorist, identified as Felipe Soto of Escondido, may have fallen asleep at the wheel and was driving without a license. Soto told officials that he swerved to avoid a dog on the roadway. Dunn was apparently sorting mail when he was hit. It also appears that Soto may have been on-the-job at the time, working for a company called Blue Horizon Trading. Soto could still face felony charges in connection with this fatal car accident.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members, friends and co-workers of Anthony Dunn Jr. for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. It appears that the community where Dunn has been delivering mail for the last several years has taken his sudden and tragic death hard. Please keep his grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

Drowsy Driving Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2007, driver fatigue was a factor in at least 18 percent of all fatal accidents and accounted for about 7 percent of all traffic accidents. According to a 2005 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adult drivers had driven drowsy within that year and 37 percent had actually fallen asleep while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that sleepy drivers cause approximately 100,000 accidents each year.

Liability Issues

Based on this news account, officials state that the driver who hit Dunn, Felipe Soto, was driving while fatigued as well as operating without a valid license. Officials also believe that the suspect was working at the time. If it is determined that Soto was drowsy, speeding or negligent at the time, then, he can be held liable for Dunn’s wrongful death. If he was on the job at the time, his employer can also be held liable. Dunn’s family members should be able to claim workers compensation benefits from his employer because he was on the job at the time.

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim against at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, etc. Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

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