A man was fatally injured in a Los Angeles car accident when his Chevrolet Blazer struck a bridge, the night of April 17, 2012. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the car crash occurred in the southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway at Burbank Boulevard in Van Nuys. Officials say the victim died when his SUV struck the bridge. It is unclear at this time what may have caused the accident or if any other vehicles were involved.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the man killed in this tragic Los Angeles car accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 227 fatalities and 25,043 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, 554 fatalities and 50,817 injuries occurred due to car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Collision?
Based on this news article, it is not clear what caused the driver of the SUV to crash into the bridge. There are a number of questions that remain unanswered here. Was speeding or driving under the influence a factor? Did the Chevrolet Blazer have an auto defect, mechanical malfunction, or design flaw that may have caused the vehicle to veer out of control? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? Was another vehicle involved in this crash? I trust investigators are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Given the poor safety record of the Chevy Blazer SUV, it would be a good idea to preserve this vehicle and have it examined for defects, malfunctions and design flaws. If a vehicle defect caused this crash, then, the automaker can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to car accident victims or their families.