A man was killed in a Los Angeles car accident involving two cars in Norwalk, California, on August 5, 2009. According to a news report in the Long Beach Press Telegram, the fatal car crash occurred in the 14400 block of Jersey Avenue in Norwalk, California. The car collision apparently involved a white pickup truck and a second vehicle whose occupant died at the scene. The victim has not been identified. At least two other motorists were transported to a hospital with injuries. Witnesses said the white pickup truck crashed into the other vehicle causing it to roll over.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of the man who was killed in this Long Beach car accident. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this man. Please keep them in your prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 5 deaths and 559 injuries involving car accident reported in Norwalk, California. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of car accidents.
Based on this newspaper report and an eyewitness statement, it appears to me that the driver of the white pickup truck may have been at fault for this car accident. However, this article does not have too many details about how or why this may have occurred. There are many questions here. Was the driver of the white pickup truck speeding? Was he or she distracted or impaired at the time of the car accident? Were there other cars involved here? Was this car accident caused by a mechanical malfunction or a vehicle defect? The answers to these questions will help determine the cause of this fatal car accident and I trust traffic investigators are exploring these and other issues.
Possible Wrongful Death Claim
The family of the deceased car accident victim would be well-advised to consult an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will help look into all aspects of this car accident and determine whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing here. If that was the case, his family may be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical/funeral expenses, loss of earnings, loss of love and companionship and other expenses. A skilled Los Angeles car accident attorney will also be able to determine whether there was a dangerous condition on that roadway that may have caused or contributed to this fatal car crash. If that was the case, a knowledgeable car accident lawyer can help you file a claim against the governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway. Such claims should be filed within six months of the accident or injury.