Los Angeles County Fatal Chain-Reaction Freeway Accident
Two people have been killed and at least five people injured in an eight-car crash on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale the morning of March 27, 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fatal Los Angeles auto accident involved a Foothill Transit bus that collided with a car, causing a chain reaction crash. Out of the five hurt, one person has suffered critical injuries, Los Angeles County fire officials said. Two trucks were involved in the auto accident that spilled debris onto the freeway. There were no passengers on the transit bus.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of the two people who were killed in this horrific chain-reaction accident. I offer my deepest sympathies to them. I also wish the five injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2006 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2007-sec8.pdf), there was one fatal auto accident and 232 auto accidents involving injuries in Irwindale. In Los Angles County, statistics show that there were 712 fatalities and 56,475 injuries relating to traffic accidents in the year 2006.
I trust CHP officials will look into who or what caused this fatal Los Angeles County auto accident. Based on the news report, it appears that the Foothill Transit bus started this chain reaction crash by colliding with the car. If that report is accurate, then the investigation should focus on what caused the bus driver to crash into the car ahead. Was the bus driver inattentive or distracted? Was he or she operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Was there a mechanical malfunction in the bus because of lack of maintenance? Was there a product defect issue with the bus? There are many questions that need to be answered in order to pin down who was really responsible for this accident that caused two fatalities and five serious injuries.
If the bus driver is determined to have been responsible for causing this crash, then he and his employer, the transit authority, should be held liable for the accident, the deaths and the serious injuries caused as a result. Families of the deceased victims as well as the injured victims, will be eligible to file claims for compensation including medical/funeral expenses, loss of wages and other related damages. The victims and their families would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Southern California auto accident attorney, who will help them better understand the legal rights and options in their auto accident case.