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4 People and 2 Dogs Killed in Lancaster Auto Accident

On August 14, 2019, shortly after 12 p.m., a violent accident resulted in the death of 4 people and 2 dogs. According to the incident report provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a Toyota Avalon was headed westbound on West Avenue H when the car ran a red light. The Toyota Avalon then struck a Volkswagen Jetta that was traveling northbound on 30th Street West. All three occupants of the Jetta (a man and two women) were ejected from the vehicle. Two occupants of the Jetta (a man and a woman) died at the scene of the violent collision. The third passenger of the Jetta (another woman) was pronounced dead at the hospital. There were two dogs traveling in the vehicle, both of which died. According to the California Highway Patrol, none of the three occupants of the Jetta were wearing seatbelts. 4 People and 2 Dogs Killed in Lancaster Auto Accident The driver of the Toyota Avalon was also transported to a hospital and later died. According to reports, there were no indications that either of the drivers was impaired in any way when the accident occurred. There were also no factors identified (as of yet) that would have caused the driver of the Toyota Avalon to run a red light. According to witnesses, the Toyota ran the red light and never made an attempt of braking before impact. Without a doubt, this is a tragedy. This is a tragedy that could have been prevented. Depending on the specific details of the incident, you might have ground to pursue a claim against the party or parties that contributed to the harm that you suffered. If you would like to learn more about the possibility of filing a car accident claim after you suffered injuries or a member of your family died in a car accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. If you are in need of legal assistance, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group. Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of personal injury claims, including auto accident claims. Regardless of whether the accident that you suffered resulted in injuries or in the death of a member of your family, you might have grounds to pursue a claim (and receive compensation). If you would like to allow our experts to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need take legal action against any liable parties, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.

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The Different Injuries Associated with Auto Accidents

Auto accidents are, unfortunately, very common. Most auto accidents that we witness or drive by on the side of the road are minor. Without a doubt, minor collisions could result in little to no harm. The parties involved in minor accidents could experience some soreness or pain but no life-changing harm. As the severity of auto accidents increases, the risk of suffering dangerous injuries also increases. Some of the most common injuries associated with auto accidents could include the following: head injuries; traumatic brain injuries; facial injuries; neck injuries; back injuries; shoulder injuries; hip injuries; pelvic fractures; spinal cord injuries; knee injuries; arm injuries; leg injuries; severed limbs; lacerations; nerve damage; muscle damage; organ damage. Depending on the severity of the accident, the injuries suffered could be moderate to severe. Injuries ranging in severity from moderate to severe are likely to result in the need for extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation – which could be very expensive. In some cases, it might be impossible for victims to reach a full recovery; rather, they are forced to deal with the aftermath of their accidents for the rest of their lives. In accidents like the one discussed above, the injuries sustained are so severe that they are fatal. Auto accidents are not random events – although some of us might feel like accidents can just happen without any real reason. Unfortunately, the reckless actions of parties (and even entities and local agencies) can lead to accidents and a number of injuries. Ultimately, it is harm that could be prevented.

Understanding Liability in Auto Accidents

After a car accident, one of the most important questions is always the following: who is at fault? Who caused the accident? Who acted negligently and contributed to the harm that you or your family suffered? The answers to these questions depend on the circumstances of the accident. In general, some of the parties or entities that could be liable for auto accidents include the following:

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  • Drivers – drivers have a duty of care to all parties on the road. They must exercise care and caution to ensure that they do not contribute to auto accidents. Drivers can negligently cause auto accidents by failing to adhere to traffic laws, traffic rules, and being generally reckless.
  • City agencies – city agencies have a duty of care to ensure that traffic runs smoothly and efficiently, without putting any drivers or other parties on the road at risk of an accident. When city agencies fail to identify and address any hazards, they are putting innocent parties at risk of suffering accidents and a number of injuries. Any blind intersections, uncontrolled intersections, poorly-lit intersections, or intersections with faulty signals, for example, could cause dangerous car accidents.
  • Auto manufacturers – auto manufacturers have a duty to their consumers. They must ensure that their autos are safe to be driven. Before making their autos available for consumers to drive, they must identify and address any potential hazards. They must subject their autos to inspections and numerous tests to ensure that they are safe.
  • Auto mechanics – auto mechanics have a duty to perform repairs and maintenance on their clients’ vehicles. They are paid to perform these services and ultimately ensure that vehicles are in safe condition. By failing to complete repairs, installing incorrect parts, damaging the vehicle during repair, performing wrong repairs, failing to identify mechanical issues in need of repair, and leaving debris or foreign objects inside the vehicle could all result in the vehicle being in an unsafe condition. This could cause an accident.
If you are unsure about liability surrounding the accident that harmed you or killed a member of your family, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the information that you need to pursue a claim.

Could a Defective Intersection Really Contribute to an Auto Accident?

A lot of work goes into making sure that traffic lights at intersections are functioning properly – after all traffic lights ensure that traffic flows smoothly. Traffic lights also ensure that drivers are aware of whether they need to stop to give other traffic the right of way or whether they have the right of way to enter the intersection? Without a doubt, traffic signals can be defective – making intersections dangerous. How many times have you seen normal traffic signals simply flashing the red light? How many times have you seen normal traffic signals completely turned off? During severe weather conditions or power outages, for example, traffic signals could stop working. Traffic lights could also be improperly installed or maintained. Without a doubt, traffic lights can fail to work properly – but is it possible for traffic lights at an intersection to conflict and show green at the same time? Although it is rare, severe malfunctions can occur causing traffic signals to show green lights to all traffic. In these rare cases, drivers believe that they have the right of way when they enter the intersection; they never expect to be struck by other vehicles that also have the right of way.

Important Steps to Take after Any Car Accident

After being involved in a car accident, it is important for victims and their families to take immediate action. Some of the most important steps to take after a car accident include the following:
  • Take photos of all injuries suffered
  • Take photos of the scene of the accident
  • Gather all driver information (including insurance information)
  • Gather witness information
  • File an accident report with the authorities
  • Report the accident to your insurance company
  • Seek medical attention
  • Seek legal assistance
Without a doubt, some auto accidents could be so severe that victims cannot take the steps above. Whether the accident was fatal or the injuries suffered were so severe that you didn’t have a chance to do anything while on scene, you could trust that our auto accident experts are ready to investigate that accident and gather all the tools necessary to file a successful claim against the parties liable for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered.

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What Action to Take Depending on the Cause of Your Accident

If the harm that you suffered was a direct result of the negligence or recklessness of a party or entity, you could pursue a claim. What type of claim could you pursue? What are the options available to you? The legal action that you could take will always depend on the specific details of your claim. Some of your options include the following:
  • File a personal injury claim against the liable driver (or his or her insurance company)
  • File a wrongful death claim against the liable driver (or his or her insurance company)
  • File a personal injury claim against the city (or city agency)
  • File a wrongful death claim against the city (or city agency)
  • File a product liability claim against the manufacturer (auto manufacturer, for example)
  • File a personal injury claim against an auto mechanic (the company)
  • File a wrongful death claim against an auto mechanic (the company)
If you would like to learn more about the different legal options available to the victims of auto accidents, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance. Our auto accident lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue a claim against the party (or parties) that contributed to the harm that you or your family suffered.

You Could Recover Compensation

What type of compensation could you recover if you pursue a claim? Although every claim is different, injured victims and surviving family members could recover monetary compensation. Some of the compensation available for recovery could include the following: medical expenses; lost earnings; pain and suffering; property damage; loss of consortium; punitive damages. There is no doubt that recovering monetary compensation cannot reverse the harm caused by an auto accident. However, compensation can help you and your entire family move forward from such a devastating time in your lives. When you allow our lawyers to handle your claim and fight for your right to recover compensation, you could be certain that our experts will not rest until you recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. For more information about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive, contact us today.

Your Claim is Subject to Deadlines

In the state of California, personal injury claims and wrongful death claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations. Personal injury claims and wrongful death claims arising from auto accidents are subject to a two-year statute of limitations – meaning that claimants will have only two years to file their claims. If claims are not filed within this timeframe, claimants will lose their right to sue – and their right to receive compensation. Although this two-year statute likely applies to your claim, some exceptions could apply. Therefore, it is essential that you discuss your claim with an expert to determine the exact length of time that you have to file your claim. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our firm immediately.

Seek Legal Assistance with Downtown L.A. Law Group

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of filing a claim after your injuries or the death of a member of your family after a devastating car accident, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers as soon as possible. The experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to fight for your right to sue and recover compensation. We offer free consultations and free second opinions to ensure that you have access to all the information and guidance necessary for a successful car accident claim. These free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee; you will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees. Because our firm is also based on contingency, our clients will only be required to pay after their claims are successful – this means that you will not pay unless you win. If you are ready to discuss your auto accident claim with our lawyers, contact us today.

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