We want to bring you a story from nearby Costa Mesa because it highlights just how unpredictable the roadways in and around Los Angeles can be. Last week, in the early morning hours, four people were traveling along the 405 Freeway when their vehicle, a Fiat 500, crashed into another car that was stalled out on the freeway after an accident that had already occurred.
The driver of the Fiat was ejected from the vehicle. Another man, an 18-year-old, got out of the vehicle and to the side of the road despite being seriously injured. Two people, an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old, remained inside the vehicle.
That was when a big rig approached and was unable to stop in time. The truck slammed into the Fiat, killing the 17-year-old occupant and seriously injuring the 18-year-old.
At the Compass Law Group, we know that the aftermath of an accident can be confusing and frustrating. We want to help you because it is vitally important that all possible claims are investigated after a fatal car accident.
When you need a car accident lawyer in Los Angeles, you can count on our team to be by your side, working to secure the compensation you deserve.
The Roadways Are Dangerous
There are hundreds of thousands of vehicle accidents that cause injuries in California each year. Out of those, more than 12,000 resulted in catastrophic injuries and over 3,500 people died. It is not uncommon for people to suffer from the following as a result of vehicle accidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (even partial or complete paralysis)
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Major internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Severe lacerations or amputations
These injuries require immediate and extensive medical attention and more often than not, long periods of rehabilitation.
Many people suffer from short or long-term disabilities after an accident.
Will your insurance cover all of these expenses?
Will you be able to support your family if you are not able to work due to your injuries?
Since it is so important that all claims are investigated after a car accident, we need to look at some of the main reasons these accidents happen in the first place.
All too often, major vehicle accidents are the result of reckless or careless driving behavior. What do we mean?
- Drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol are more likely to cause injuries or fatalities in an accident – 27% of all traffic fatalities were as a result of alcohol-related crashes.
- Distracted drivers, those who care more about their text messages or music videos on the phones are likely not paying attention to the roadway.
- Drivers who speed or operate recklessly are the main cause of vehicle accidents on California roadways.
What Are Your Options?
You need a qualified and experienced attorney who can investigate all possible claims after a fatal car crash. There are so many parties involved in these accidents – from other drivers and passengers involved in insurance companies. You also may not even realize when you have been involved in a wreck with a commercial or company vehicle, which brings an entirely new dynamic to the case.
At the Compass Law Group, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your expenses.