Two teen males died and a woman was injured in a two-car accident in West Hills, which officials say, may have involved street-racing. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the incident occurred the evening of November 13, 2014 at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Platt Avenue. One of the two vehicles was completely destroyed. The identities of the deceased have not been revealed. The injured victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Speed Was a Factor
Los Angeles police said the two males were teenagers in a 2001 BMW 530i traveling eastbound on Vanowen at an unsafe speed. The car collided with the left front side of a 2014 Toyota Camry that was negotiating a left turn from westbound Vanowen to southbound Platt. The resulting impact from the crash forced the BMW to slide sideways into the southeast corner as the car collided with the curb, light pole and a fire hydrant. The teens were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota, a 44-year-old West Hills woman was injured, but is expected to survive. Officials are still investigating the case and looking into whether street-racing was involved.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the BMW was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed and collided with the Toyota at the street intersection. California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) states: “A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device.”
Injured victims of street-racing crashes can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
In cases where the at-fault driver is deceased, his or her insurance company should compensate victims for their losses. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families