On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Southern California got news of a mass casualty incident in Holtville, which is roughly 125 miles from San Diego. At least 15 people have been confirmed dead.
According to reports, a total of 28 people were inside the SUV – a Ford Expedition (red). The SUV struck a semi-truck carrying gravel (t-bone accident). Four of the victims were transported via helicopters to Desert Regional Medical Center. Seven other victims were transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center; one of these victims died after arriving to the hospital. Three victims ended up being transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.
Allegedly, the victims of the accidents were being treated for different injuries – most of which were life threatening. Some victims had severe head and chest injuries while others were dealing with fractures. So far, all victims who remain hospitalized are in stable condition.
According to officials, children were involved in the accident – but further details are unavailable.
The Border Patrol responded to the incident upon the request of the local police agencies; there has been no confirmation of whether the 28 people in the SUV were undocumented immigrants.
Without a doubt, the incident was devastating – more than half of the people involved in the incident died and all survivors suffered devastating injuries. It is unclear whether the driver of the SUV survived the incident. The driver of the semi-truck survived the incident. According to initial reports, the semi-truck driver was not at-fault for the incident.
Were you or a member of your family harmed in the incident described above? Whether you or a member of your family were injured in the incident mentioned above or a similar incident, you might be interested in learning more about your legal options. If you are in need of a car accident attorney to learn more about your right to sue, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.
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The Cause of the Accident
The specific details surrounding the accident are still under investigation. So far, the driver of the SUV is believed to have caused the incident – by entering the intersection directly in the path of the semi-truck. Based on this, the driver of the SUV is likely at-fault for the incident.
Some other common causes of accidents include the following:
- Failing to follow traffic laws and signals
- Driving without a license (and without experience)
- Driving an unsafe vehicle
- Driving recklessly
- Driving distracted
Regardless of the cause of the incident, victims could suffer significant harm.
Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents
T-bone accidents, unfortunately, are considered to be among the most dangerous types of accidents. These incidents can result in multiple injuries, some of which could include the following:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries (including whiplash)
- Back injuries (including herniated discs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severed limbs
- Impaling injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Punctured organs
- Sprains and strains
- Scrapes and bruises
- Internal bleeding
These injuries are possible even when the maximum occupancy is respected and all passengers are wearing seatbelts. The fact that the SUV was packed more than three times over capacity likely contributed to the severity of the injuries victims sustained.
Can You Sue?
Do you have the right to sue for a car accident? Your right to sue will be based on the concept of negligence. That is, a party or entity owes you a duty of care. The party or entity breached the duty of care, leading to an incident. The incident results in harm. If a breached duty of care results in harm, the party or entity could be liable. This applies to drivers and other entities alike. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible.
Can You Recover Compensation?
After car accidents, victims and surviving family members that pursue claims are typically eligible to recover monetary compensation. Could you really be compensated? If so, how much compensation could you be eligible to receive? The type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive is based specifically on the details surrounding your claim. Some of the categories of compensation that could possibly be available for recovery include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal expenses
If you are interested in learning more about the specific type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. Whether our car accident attorneys have to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company or take your claim to trial, you can trust that our lawyers will not rest until you are fairly compensated.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Did you or a member of your family suffer harm associated with a car accident? If so, you might have grounds to pursue an injury claim. Based on the details surrounding the incident, you could pursue a claim and even recover monetary compensation for the harm suffered. If you are interested in discussing your claim with the experts at our firm, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts immediately. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including car accident claims. You can trust that our lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way.
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