Elijah Jones, 19, was killed in a Riverside car accident when the car in which he was a passenger collided with an SUV, the night of August 25, 2012. According to The Press Enterprise, the fatal car crash occurred at the intersection of John F. Kennedy Drive and Trautwein Road in Riverside. Officials say the victim was in the back seat of a compact car at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead later that night at a nearby hospital. It is not clear how the collision occurred or if either driver will face citations or charges in connection with the crash.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Elijah Jones following this tragic car accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Riverside Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 20 people were killed and 1,396 were injured in Riverside car accidents. During that same year, there were 190 fatalities and 7,632 injuries reported as a result of Riverside County traffic collisions.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, the cause of the crash remains under investigation. The intersection where this collision occurred is monitored by traffic lights. Did either motorist fail to obey the traffic control device at the intersection? Was one of the drivers speeding? Was alcohol a contributing factor in the crash? Was either driver distracted, fatigued or otherwise careless? Did one of the drivers fail to yield the right of way at the intersection? I trust officials are asking these and other questions in order to determine precisely who or what caused this tragic incident.
In such cases, the at-fault motorist can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship. Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will be able to stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to car accident victims or their families.