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Officials Looking for Driver Who Caused Fatal Los Angeles Car Accident


Police are still looking for a hit-and-run driver who they say caused a Los Angeles car accident that killed one and seriously injured two others. According to a report in the Whittier Daily News, the fatal car accident occurred early morning January 3, 2010 on the 10 Freeway, in El Monte. California Highway Patrol officials said a 2005 BMW was speeding when it rear-ended a 1998 International truck. The impact of the crash caused the truck to roll over. The front passenger in the BMW who was identified as 20-year-old Paul Michael Stout, suffered fatal injuries. The truck’s driver and another passenger in the BMW were also injured. The hit-and-run driver is still at large.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased victim, Paul Stout, for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I also hope the injured victims were not badly hurt and recover quickly. Please keep these victims and their families in your prayers.

Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine fatalities and 527 injuries involving car accidents in El Monte, California. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.

Hit-and-Run Law

I trust this hit-and-run suspect will soon be apprehended and brought to justice. According to California Vehicle Code section 20001: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” This suspect not only left the man he had rear-ended injured on the roadway, but his own passengers, one of whom who was dead and another injured. Despicable!

Claim for Compensation

Victims in such cases, would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure victims and their families receive the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their own car insurance policy will apply to a hit-and-run car accident or an incident involving an uninsured or underinsured motorist.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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