Investigators say excessive speed was a factor in a Lancaster car accident that killed three people.
According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, two of the victims were identified as 19-year-old Lancaster resident Christopher McGlory and 12-year-old Palmdale resident Everado Simental.
Police say the incident occurred the evening of November 21, 2014 when a Jeep and a pickup truck
collided at the intersection of Avenue K and 25th West.
Police say the Jeep was traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with the truck. The SUV hit a utility pole before slamming into a tree. The impact was so powerful, the Jeep tailgate was wedged high up in the tree.
Five people were inside the Jeep. Four were thrown from the vehicle of which three died. Two remain hospitalized. The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries. Residents say the intersection has been dangerous because it is a blind corner where vehicles tend to run the red light.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of the three deceased victims of this crash. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Crash Statistics
There were 12 fatalities and 652 injuries involving car accidents in Lancaster, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Los Angeles County as a whole, 585 people died and 50,622 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that excessive speed was a factor in this crash.
California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
It also appears that the driver of Jeep ran a red light at the intersection before crashing into the pickup.
We trust officials are looking into why the driver was speeding and if there were other factors in this crash such as alcohol or drugs or driver distractions. In such cases, injured victims or families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages from at-fault parties.
Families of deceased crash victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship and pain and suffering.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to victims and their families.