At about 12:13 a.m. on Thursday morning, a single vehicle collision was reported; allegedly, the vehicle crashed into the center divider on the eastbound side of the 210 Freeway (west of the 57 Freeway). However, as first responders headed towards the scene, they received reports of additional collisions occurring at the scene of the initial incident.
The car crashing into the center divider caused a dangerous chain reaction; the driver of the vehicle allegedly lost control before slamming into the divider. Vehicles traveling in the carpool lane slammed into the vehicle. In total, six vehicles were involved on the eastbound side of the freeway; another vehicle (bringing up the total to seven) was involved on the westbound side of the freeway. Two drivers were, unfortunately, killed as a result of the collisions following the initial collision. At least one of the drivers was believed to have been ejected into the westbound lanes and struck by a vehicle (the seventh vehicle involved). Four other people were transported via ambulance to local hospitals.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. all lanes (with the exception of one on each side) were closed. All lanes were reopened hours later at 7 a.m.
According to the account of one of the drivers involved in the incident, it was very dark at the time of the incident; additionally, the initial vehicle had no lights on (including emergency lights). Since the driver did not see the vehicle in time, she crashed into it – the vehicle spun around before coming to a stop. The driver claims that another vehicle crashed and came to a stop next to hers; she also heard other vehicles crashing into the initial vehicle.
Were you involved in the incident mentioned above? Were you involved in a similar incident? Depending on the details surrounding the incident and the harm that you or a member of your family suffered, you might have grounds to pursue a claim.
For more information about your right to sue, you should seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible. The experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to evaluate your claim and aggressively fight for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to file a claim against the liable party or entity. Would you like to discuss your claim with our experts? If so, contact us today.
Why Did the Incident Occur?
The first step in determining liability for a car accident is determining the cause of the incident. That is, why did the crash happen? What led to the incident? The incident discussed above remains under investigation; however, it is known that the initial driver that crashed lost control of his or her vehicle. If the driver was acting negligently when he or she lost control and crashed, he or she could be liable for the incident – this includes all damages resulting from the incident. As explained above, however, it was very dark, so drivers could not see the crashed vehicle until it was too late. If investigations determine that the poor lighting along the freeway contributed to the incident, the city or county agency responsible for maintaining freeways could be liable (or at least partially liable). Another issue was that there were allegedly no lights coming from the crashed vehicle – not even emergency lights. Some vehicles have features in which the emergency lights turn on after an impact or after airbags are deployed. If an issue with the car prevented the emergency lights from turning in and increasing the vehicles visibility, the auto manufacturer could be liable (additionally, the auto manufacturer could be liable if a vehicle defect caused the driver the lose control and crash).
After determining the cause of the incident, you can determine liability. In some cases, liability could be shared among multiple parties or entities. If you are interested in learning more about establishing liability for an incident that injured you or killed a member of your family, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers will provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
In California, there is a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury claim. You must take action within this time frame or you will be unable to collect any restitution whatsoever. The statute of limitations exists so that victims can sue within a reasonable amount of time without worrying about their evidence being lost or corrupted, and so that defendants are not expected to be accountable for an unreasonable amount of time after the incident. It is in your favor to take legal action speedily, as you want your bills paid off quickly.
There are some ways that the statute of limitations can be extended, however. If you were under the age of 18 years old at the time of the incident, you can wait until you turn legal age to file a claim. Your parents or guardian can still sue on your behalf until then, though. You may also have been left mentally unfit to sue or physically incapacitated and unable to sue, which can allow you to wait until you return to health and awareness of mind before you take action. Additionally, the defendant may not be present in California, which would delay the statute from counting down until he returns to the state.
Often, many victims simply fail to acknowledge the time limit on their lawsuits. They may not know when the claim expires and they generally wait too long before they take legal action. It is important that you speak with a skilled personal injury attorney to determine how much time remains on the statute of limitations for your claim. We will gladly represent you, gather your proof, write your demand letter for compensation, and file your lawsuit for you well within the deadline.
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