Two people died after an SUV plunged into a canal in Long Beach on Sunday, January 21, 2024. According to reports, emergency crews responded to the site (on North Studebaker Road near Loynes Drive) at around 6:20pm. The authorities found the SUV submerged in approximately 10 feet of water after it plunged into a canal next to the San Gabriel River.
One victim was found in the water. Crews performed CPR before transporting them to a local hospital; unfortunately, this person did not survive. A second victim was found by a dive team at approximately 8:30pm and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The victims’ identities have not been released.
The family of the deceased may have the right to file wrongful death lawsuits. If a member of your family lost his or her life in the incident above or in a similar incident, you may have the right to file a lawsuit and receive compensation. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our legal team is more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to fight for your rights and recover the settlement that you are owed. Our team has decades of experience handling these types of claims and helping our clients recover the maximum payout available for their claims. If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us at your earliest convenience.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents
Auto accidents can happen practically at any time. Some possible causes of auto accidents include the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or even medication)
- Distracted driving
- Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tail gaiting, etc.
- Unsafe road conditions (including defective traffic lights, potholes, blind intersections, etc.)
- Defective vehicles
No matter the specific cause of the accident, victims (and surviving family in the case of wrongful death) may have the right to sue.
Your Right to File a Lawsuit
After a car accident, victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit. The question is who they can sue. The answer to this question depends on who is liable for the accident. In general, if the accident was caused by the negligence of a driver, then victims and their family could sue the driver’s insurance company. If the accident was caused by unsafe road conditions, then victims and their family could sue the road works agency, which is usually a city entity. If the accident was caused by the negligence of an auto manufacturer, then victims and their family could sue the auto manufacturer. These are just some examples of the parties/entities that could be found liable for these incidents. Of course, it is possible for these parties/entities to share liability for some incidents.
If you are unsure of the legal options available or who you could sue, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm today. Our lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim.
Can I Recover Compensation for a Car Accident Wrongful Death Claim?
Yes – you could be eligible to recover compensation. Although every claim is different, some of the compensation available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical costs (incurred before the victim’s death)
- Lost income (loss of support)
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
Here at our law firm, our team is committed to getting our clients the maximum recovery available. If you are unsure of the legal options available to you, please do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm today. Our team is ready to guide you every step of the way and help you reach the max payout available for your auto accident wrongful death claim.
File Your Claim On Time
In California, all wrongful death claims – including those resulting from auto accidents – are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants will have only two years to file their lawsuits. What happens if claims are not filed on time? If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they risk losing their right to sue entirely. Because of that, it is essential for claimants to act fast and find the legal help that they need to pursue their claims. If you are unsure of the time that you have to file your claim, please do not wait to seek legal advice from our experts.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our lawyers have decades of experience handling these types of claims – always doing everything possible to get our clients the justice that they are owed. Our car accident wrongful death lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to fight for your rights, hold the liable parties or entities accountable, and recover the compensation that you are owed. Our legal team is committed to making the legal process as simple as possible for you and your family. To ensure that we remain as accessible as possible, we offer free legal services. These include free consultations and free second opinions. Whether you are looking to start the process or switch lawyers after starting the legal process elsewhere, you can be certain that our team is ready to do everything possible to provide you with the guidance that you need.
Our Zero-Fee Guarantee ensures that our clients will never have to pay upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, our firm works on contingency, so our clients will actually not be required to pay any legal costs if their claims are not successful. If you are ready to speak with our wrongful death auto accident lawyers, contact us today.