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Elderly Man Killed in Los Angeles Multi-Car Accident


Sylvester Ray Martinez, 78, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident that involved seven vehicles. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the fatal car accident occurred on the 101 Freeway in the Cahuenga Pass in Los Angeles, on January 30, 2011. California Highway Patrol officials say a 2003 Dodge Ram driven by a 45-year-old woman swerved in front of a Honda Civic driven by a 77-year-old woman in which Martinez was a passenger.

Three subsequent crashes occurred, as vehicles approaching the Dodge truck and Honda were unable to stop in time. Martinez was transported to a local hospital where he died. The driver of Civic suffered major injuries. The driver of the Dodge Ram sustained minor injuries. It is not clear how many others were injured in this seven-car pileup. An investigation is ongoing.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Sylvester Ray Martinez. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic car accident. I also wish the injured driver of the Civic the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 268 people were killed and 25,588 were injured in Los Angeles car accidents. During that same year, 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries happened involving Los Angeles County car accidents.

What Caused This Fatal Car Accident?

It appears from the news account that the driver of the Dodge Ram was entering the freeway and may have tried to merge or change lanes directly in front of the Honda Civic. California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”

Liability Issues

The family of a victim killed in a Los Angeles car accident may be able to pursue financial compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. Families of deceased victims can seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future wages and loss of love and companionship. Further, injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.

It is important to remember that typically the investigation of any serious or fatal injury accident involving multiple vehicles and several victims is very complex and time consuming. Car accident victims or their families may find the process lengthy and that dealing with attorneys and insurance companies for the other parties can be quite a challenge. Victims would be well-advised not to enter into agreements or sign any papers until they have first talked to a knowledgeable injury lawyer who will help protect their best interests.

Anyone who has lost a loved one in a multiple car accident would find it in their best interest to seek the guidance of a skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.

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