North Hollywood, California was the scene of an unfortunate accident that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man. The man was killed on Thursday, June 6, when a speeding vehicle crashed into his scooter at an intersection. The deadly collision occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. The victim has been identified as Anthony E. Chay, of Sun Valley. The crash was captured on surveillance video – the video shows the victim stopped at a red light at the intersection of Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street when the speeding vehicle, a red Audi convertible, crashed into the scooter launching both Chay and his scooter into the air. The suspect’s red Audi convertible collided with several parked vehicles after the initial crash, one of these vehicles actually ended up overturned due to the power of the impact. The suspect driving the vehicle was transported to a local hospital – she appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic. Her identity has not been released. This unfortunate event resulted in the loss of an innocent life. The recklessness of the driver, who was speeding and driving under the influence of drugs, directly resulted in the death of the 20-year-old man. Were you directly affected by this accident? Were you directly affected by a similar accident? If you and your family were harmed by an accident similar to the one described above, you might have grounds to take action against the party liable for the accident and the harm that you suffered.
Understanding Wrongful Death and Your Right to SueWrongful death occurs when a party negligently causes the death of another party. To understand wrongful death, you must first understand the significant role that negligence has on wrongful death claims. Negligence consists of four elements – duty of care, breach of duty, cause, and harm. All parties have a specific duty of care to others. All drivers, for example, have a duty of care to drive carefully and cautiously – always ensuring to follow all traffic rules and regulations. The purpose of this duty of care is to avoid any sort of accidents and to keep drivers and other parties safe from any harm. When parties breach their duty of care towards others, they are creating the risk of injury. Examples of breaches of duty include ignoring traffic signals, speeding, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for example. When drivers breach their duty of care to other parties on the road, they are creating a risk of accident. In turn, the accident could result in harm – in the form of damages, injuries, or death, for example. If the harm that the victim suffered can be directly connected to a breach of duty (the negligent actions of the driver),then the driver could face liability for the harm caused by the accident. If the negligent actions of a party resulted in the death of a member of your family, you will likely have grounds to pursue a claim and recover compensation. If the liable party had not acted negligently, would the victim still be alive? If the death of a loved one was a direct result of the negligent actions of another party, you likely have the right to pursue a claim; you might even have the right to receive compensation.
What Type of Compensation Could You Receive?At Downtown L.A. Law Group, we understand that recovering monetary compensation cannot and will not fill the void left by the traumatic death of a member of your family. However, we believe that monetary compensation can help you and your family move forward with your life after being affected by such a traumatic event – such as the death of a family member. How much compensation could you receive? What type of compensation could you receive? All wrongful death claims are different; however, many claims result in the recovery of the following compensation:
- Medical expenses (any medical bills incurred prior to the victim’s death)
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages