November 18, 2012–Los Angeles, California–Two back-to-back deadly accidents on State Highway 134 kept California Highway Patrol officers rushing to try to save victims on Monday, according to the Contra Costa Times. The first crash occurred around 12:30 a.m. and involved the death of one man. CHP has not released the man’s name or any information about what led up to the crash. As officers worked the first accident scene, another car slammed into the back of another vehicle, veered off the highway, and burst into flames. Although CHP officers tried to save the driver, he died at the scene.
Authorities continue to investigate both accidents.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in both of these accidents.
Rear-End Crashes Most Common
The most common type of car crash is the rear-end collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about half of all car accidents are rear-end accidents. However, unlike this case, most rear-end accidents are not fatal. In fact, whiplash is the most common injury associated with rear-end collisions. When a driver strikes another vehicle at a relatively high rate of speed from behind, however, he or she may indeed skid off the road, leading to further damage and injuries.
Is The Rear-End Collision Driver At Fault?
Unfortunately for this victim, most rear-end collisions are charged as the fault of the rear driver. This is because the driver is required to have control of his or her vehicle under all conditions. However, this does not mean that there cannot be mitigating factors leading to a rear-end crash.
For example, if the driver in this case experienced brake failure just before the crash, he may not have been able to stop in time to avoid a crash. If that fact emerges from an investigation the victim’s family may have the right to collect damages from the brake manufacturer, the mechanic, or the vehicle manufacturer for his death.
Professional Accident Reconstruction Experts Prove Causes
This is one reason why it is so important to have a thorough investigation of an accident scene, especially when the victim can no longer speak for himself or herself. A professional accident reconstruction expert can answer questions about the possible causes of an accident and may be able to find evidence that what appears to be a loss of driver control actually has a physical cause.
A Los Angeles car accident attorney can help you locate an accident reconstruction expert and can give you advice about your case.