A young woman between 18 and 20 years of age was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after her motorized scooter was struck by two vehicles at a street intersection. According to a news report in The North Hollywood Patch, the fatal incident occurred the night of August 23, 2012 at the intersection of Sarah Street and Tujunga Avenue.
Police say, based on preliminary investigations, that the woman was riding a motorized scooter east on Sarah Street when she rode past a stop sign to go northbound on Tujunga Avenue. An oncoming car struck her in the number two southbound lane. She was spun into the number one lane where another car hit her. The woman suffered massive head trauma and was transported to a local hospital where she died. The drivers of both vehicles remained at the scene and were not under the influence, officials said. An investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased accident victim for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 219 fatalities and 24,561 injuries involving Los Angeles car accidents. Countywide, car accidents claimed 530 lives and caused 50,513 injuries during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Collision?
Based on this news report, it appears that the woman drove her scooter through a stop sign before colliding with the vehicles. I trust officials are talking to witnesses in order to determine whether the woman did run a stop sign before making the turn on to Tujunga Avenue. It is also important to look into whether this accident occurred at a dangerous intersection. The location of this intersection is close to the 134 Freeway overpass. It is not clear if lack of proper visibility hampered the victim’s ability to see oncoming vehicles as she made the turn.
In such cases, families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers who have a successful track record of pursuing dangerous roadway cases. If the accident was caused by a hazardous roadway or intersection, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. In such cases, victims’ families can pursue compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.