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Motorcyclist Dies After Collision With Audi Convertible

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A motorcyclist died at the scene of a crash after the driver of an Audi convertible collided with his motorcycle in North Hollywood, at an intersection of Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street. The motorcyclist, who was stopped at a red light, was thrown approximately 100 feet due to the impact.

The Audi then crashed into roughly three cars parked near the scene. At least one, a Toyota SUV, was turned on its side. Debris littered the area.

The motorcyclist was a male, believed to be in his mid-20s. His identity has not yet been released. The Audi’s driver, who was 24 years old, was hospitalized, but news of her injuries was not reported immediately. Authorities are considering filing criminal charges.

The crash occurred at roughly 5:30 a.m.

Liability in a Motorcycle Accident

Who is liable in a motorcycle accident? Although the recent collision between a motorcyclist and the driver of a car is still under investigation, some general comments on motorcycle accidents can be made.

Drivers of all vehicles are responsible for following all traffic laws and principles of safe driving, all the time. Any driver, of any vehicle, who violates laws or principles of safe driving can be held liable for causing an accident if the accident stems from those violations.

Running a red light, for example, is always the fault of the driver who ran it, whether the driver is behind the wheel of a car or sitting on a motorcycle. The only exception is if mechanical or other malfunction rendered the car unable to stop, despite the driver’s efforts. If that is the case, the manufacturer or other responsible party might be liable for the accident.

Unfortunately motorcyclists can be subject to much more harm in the case of an accident, because motorcycles are both smaller and less protected than cars and other vehicles. While motorcyclists are required to wear helmets in California, an accident like the one in early June can be fatal even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet.

If You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident in southern California? It’s wise to talk to an experienced attorney. We can look into the wreck and determine fault, utilizing forensic experts, crash resconstructionists and licensed investigators. We have been fighting for the rights of the injured for over 20 years.

Call the experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers at the Ellis Law Firm today. The initial consultation is free. We win 99% of the cases we take on, and there is no cost to you unless we win you money!

Additional Resources:

  1. Motorcyclist killed in crash with car on North Hollywood street. Los Angeles Daily News. June 6, 2019. https://www.dailynews.com/2019/06/06/person-killed-in-crash-on-north-hollywood-street/
  2. Medina, Mekahlo and Jonathan Lloyd. “Motorcyclist Killed in Crash With Audi That Slammed Into Row of Parked Cars.” NBC News Los Angeles. June 6, 2019. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Crash-North-Hollywood-Vineland-Avenue-Motorcycle-Car-Audi-SUV-510914711.html


17 Fatal Crashes, 973 DUI Arrests Over Memorial Day Weekend in California

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It was a deadly Memorial Day weekend in California. Seventeen deadly crashes took the lives of 21 people, according to California Highway Patrol. Despite the sobriety checkpoints and ramped-up enforcement on California roadways, eight people died in the first six hours of the weekend.

LA Ties Houston For The Deadliest City for Holiday Driving

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the “100 deadliest days of summer,” which runs through Labor Day. The combination of holiday partying and travel proves dangerous for California drivers. Over past Labor Day weekends, over a third of all crashes were caused by intoxicated drivers, according to the NHTSA. 

Memorial Day weekend is the #1 most dangerous holiday for driving nationwide. Motorists and their passengers are four times as likely to die in a crash than a regular weekend, according to a recent study compiling data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From 2011 to 2015, there were 312 fatal accidents, compared to 308 over Labor Day weekend and 307 over the Fourth of July.

The dubious distinction of “Deadliest City for Holiday Travel” was tied between Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California. Houston ranked worst for Memorial Day, July 4th, and New Year’s, while Los Angeles was most dangerous for travelers over Labor Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. San Antonio, Texas was the most dangerous city for Christmas drivers.

More Traffic Means More Accidents, But Are They Blameless?

With a forecasted 34.6 million Americans driving more than 50 miles over this Memorial Day weekend (the highest number since 2005), a few traffic accidents were inevitable. At this time last year, 43 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions, representing 25% of all crash injuries, according to Los Angeles police. Drug-impaired driving accidents are on the rise in California as well, adds the LAPD.

However, many of these holiday deaths are preventable. More than half of those killed this Memorial Day weekend were not wearing seatbelts. While the causes are still under investigation, alcohol ends up a factor in many of the fatal crashes. California Highway Patrol made 973 DUI arrests from Friday through midnight Monday.

Among those involved in accidents this weekend:

  • A 24-year-old Selma man was  thrown from his 1996 Toyota Tacoma and killed in a rollover on Clovis Ave, east of Malaga around 6:38 a.m. The man was not wearing a seatbelt, officers said.
  • A 21-year-old San Jose man was killed in a single-car accident on Highway 101 southbound at Hellyer Avenue. The driver was arrested on DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges.
  • Five people were injured in a fiery collision on El Camino Real in Menlo Park. One of the drivers was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
  • A man suffered major injuries, requiring transport by helicopter, after a car struck him on Highway 4 and Bixler Road in Discovery Bay. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Where To Find A Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were involved in one of California’s serious or fatal Memorial Day accidents, then you need the best possible legal representation for your claim. Ellis Injury Law is a leading personal injury firm in Los Angeles. Over the past 20 years, we’ve secured over $350 million for our personal injury clients. Even if you’re not 100% sure what happened, let our team of skilled investigators get to the bottom of it. It costs nothing upfront to have a car accident attorney review your case. Contact us to learn more about filing a claim for compensation to cover medical bills and wage losses. In the worst cases, we can recover funeral and burial costs for grieving family members who have lost a loved one.

Big Rig Crash in East LA Closes All Lanes on Northbound 5 Freeway

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A big rig crash closed all lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway late on Sunday, May 19. The lanes remained closed into early Monday morning. The truck was laying on its side near Indiana Street. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, although a center divider was demolished and was among the material that had to be cleared from the freeway lanes.

Several cars were also involved. California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated that the causes and extent of the crash was still under investigation. It was not known initially if there were any injuries.

Trucks a Danger on Freeways

It was the second in several months that a truck accident closed a major Southern California freeway. A tanker-truck carrying 9,400 gallons of liquid propane also hit a divider and overturned on the 405 Freeway in early March. Fortunately, none of the liquid spilled and the driver sustained minor injuries.

Who Is Responsible for a Truck Accident?

Accidents involving big rigs and other large trucks are common on California’s freeways and other roads. In both these accidents, the causes have not yet been determined. But some words on liability for a truck accident generally can be offered.

Liability for truck accidents is extremely complex, because many elements and factors can cause a major truck accident. A single factor or several different factors could be responsible. A truck that is improperly loaded with cargo, for example, can become unbalanced and turn over as a result. Many trucking firms hire outside contractors to load. Driving speed that is too fast can also cause truck crashes, because braking too sharply can overturn a large vehicle.

Improper servicing of safety equipment such as brakes can also be a cause, and servicing is also often subcontracted out. In short, trucking accidents need to be investigated to determine what or who was responsible for the crash.

Our Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorneys Work for Justice

If you or a loved one has been injured in a big rig accident, a Southern California truck accident lawyer at Ellis Law Corporation can help.

Our lawyers have been successfully handling cases involving serious truck accident injuries for more than 20 years. For a complimentary review of your case, please call today. We will fight to see that justice is done.

Additional Resources:

  1. Olson, Marc. “Big-rig crash on 5 Freeway closes lanes in East L.A. for more than 3 hours.” Los Angeles Times. May 19, 2019. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-big-rig-crash-east-la-20190519-story.html.
  2. The Latest: LA Interstate Reopens After Crash Scene Cleared. US News and World Report. May 10, 2019. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2019-03-10/the-latest-la-interstate-reopens-after-crash-scene-cleared.

High-Speed Sepulveda Basin Lamborghini Crash Leaves Two Dead

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Two young people died after a Lamborghini crash in the Sepulveda Basin just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15t. The vehicle had been traveling down Burbank Avenue at speeds topping 100 miles per hour when it hit a 2018 Jeep Cherokee making a left onto Hayvenhurt, collided with trees, split in half, and burst into flames.

The deceased include driver, 25-year-old Joel David White, who was a luxury car photographer who had rented the $200,000 vehicle from his employer, and the passenger, 19-year-old Luiza Vaagnovna Karakhanyan, a psychology student at UCLA who spoke four languages, as well as dabbling in modeling and photography. The 36-year-old driver of the SUV was treated for minor cuts and bruises, and stayed at the scene to assist the police with their investigation. Anyone with information on the wreck is encouraged to call Officer Garcia at 818-644-8117 or Crime Stoppers at 877-527-3247.

Friends say the two were “hard-working dreamers” and “creative, bright souls.” One friend, Alexander Lopez, said White was supposed to pick him up at the LA International Airport that evening, but wasn’t responding to texts – which was very uncharacteristic. “He doesn’t usually drive like that,” Lopez told KTLA News, adding: “I don’t know what was going on at the time.”

Eyewitnesses interviewed at the scene described a horrific scene with White’s ejected body covered by a sheet beneath the vehicle and the young woman covered with a sheet inside the car. One good Samaritan caressed the deceased person’s head and held the hand, sobbing. Flames reached into the night sky, traffic was backed up, and the car was almost unrecognizable. The fiery wreck was the worst anyone on the scene had ever witnessed.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In the wake of such a terrible tragedy, our hearts go out to the surviving friends and family members grappling with what happened. Investigations undertaken by law firms like Ellis Injury Law can help those grieving find the answers they seek. We work with local law enforcement and a vast network of professionals like accident reconstructionists and forensic investigators to learn more about the events leading up to the crash.

The family members of Miss Karakhanyan may be eligible to bring legal action against the estate of the deceased driver to compensate for losses incurred through no fault of their own. The two types of legal claims for family members who have lost loved ones in fatal car accidents include:

  • Survival Action – The estate of the deceased passenger can sue through the executor for pain and suffering before death, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs. The benefit of filing a survival action is that family members can sue for punitive damages. However, the survival action suit is also subject to liens for medical bills, creditor claims, and health insurance subrogation.
  • Wrongful Death – A spouse, child, parent, or heirs at law can recover money for loss of “full value of the life” of the decedent – including projected lifetime income (with no deduction for living expenses or income taxes), as well as loss of enjoyment in life. Wrongful death claims can be highly subjective, depending on the sympathies of jurors, and will not be subject to medical liens or creditor claims.

While no amount of money can ever bring a deceased person back to life, the financial security negates one extra concern for grieving family members and the answers they receive through in-depth investigation can provide catharsis.

Contact Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have suffered serious catastrophic injury or loss after a car accident, contact Ellis Injury Law. We’ve secured over $350 million on behalf of our personal injury clients over the past few decades. Our compassionate car accident lawyers ensure injured parties receive the best possible medical care and rehabilitation, while our wrongful death experts connect you with helpful local services during the aftermath. Contact us for a free consultation. You pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.

One Confirmed Dead in 10 Freeway Crash Involving Metro Bus

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One person is confirmed dead after a fiery crash involving a Metro bus. According to the California Highway Patrol, a Silver Line Metro Bus was traveling on the 10 freeway when it came to an abrupt halt due to a mechanical issue. This caused the car traveling behind it to rear-end the bus.

According to eyewitness accounts, the driver of the car never got out of the vehicle, which erupted in flames seconds later. The driver, who has yet to be identified, was confirmed dead by CHP. The bus was carrying four passengers, none of whom were injured.

Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo confirmed that the bus stalled and stopped on the freeway due to an undisclosed electrical problem. The driver slammed into the bus not long after.

Who is at fault?

Such instances, while a grave tragedy, are not uncommon in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. At Ellis Law Corporation, we have successfully represented people involved in similar road collision scenarios, as well as the grieving family members of those who have been killed in these types of crashes. The primary question is to what extent is the Metro bus or its driver liable for the destruction and loss of life resulting from the accident.

With regards to this case specifically, we can’t provide a clear answer because the case is still pending and we don’t have enough information to provide an accurate assessment. However, we have represented clients in similar accidents involving public and commercial mass transit vehicles.

In these scenarios, multiple variables are at play. Was the electrical problem that forced the bus to stall a result of company failure to maintain the bus to operating standards? As for the victim, was he tailgating behind the bus? Did he maintain enough distance to be able to come to a full stop? Did the bus driver turn on the hazard warning light? Did the bus driver make a reasonable effort to pull to the side of the road? These are all questions that need to be investigated to determine where the majority of liability lies. The CHP’s report and the findings from an accident reconstruction team will determine the circumstances leading to the collision and tragic subsequent loss of life.

Call Ellis Law Corporation for a free consultation

This isn’t a typical liability case between two private citizens. The potential party at fault is a major transit company. The company likely has its own in-house attorney team and vast financial resources allotted for legal defense. A private citizen may think they have no chance in a liability case. However, a personal injury and wrongful death attorney at our firm can even the playing field.

Please don’t ever think you don’t have a chance at a successful claim because of a company’s big pockets. Give Ellis Law Corporation a call for a free consultation. One of our experienced car accident attorneys will listen to your story, outline your legal options and help you determine if filing a lawsuit is the right decision for you and your family.

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Two Killed, Three Injured in Sun Valley Crash; Street Racing Suspected as Cause

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A two-car collision at high speeds killed two people and injured three in Sun Valley on Friday, April 12.

The only victim currently identified is Olivia Enriquez, who was 59. Her husband is apparently the other fatality.

Police think that street racing caused the crash, which happened where Lankershim Boulevard and San Fernando Road intersect at roughly 7:30 p.m.

A white Dodge Charger violently hit a Toyota Corolla that was executing a left turn. The three people in the charger were all injured and all were taken to a local hospital. The driver is expected to be arrested on a charge of murder.

In the aftermath, the heavily damaged cars were on opposite sides of the road as fire trucks arrived and fire fighters attended to the victims.

Police believe that the white Charger could have been racing another Dodge Charger, a dark-colored one. That car continued eastbound on San Fernando Road and didn’t stop. Police are searching for the driver, who may have been seen leaving the scene.

Street Racing Is an Ongoing Danger

Police throughout the Los Angeles area have been concerned about the dangers of street racing for some time. Street races involve extremely high speeds and often the drivers are under the influence of alcohol or other stimulants. All too frequently, they are in residential neighborhoods and pose a danger to the racers, neighborhood residents, and onlookers.

All drivers are expected to obey the speed limit, the laws of the road, and safe driving regulations. Street racing often violates all three. Drivers who act in a reckless manner, who do not follow the law and who ignore safe driving principles can be held liable for damage to people and property. As this case indicates, at least preliminarily, they may be liable for charges of murder.

It should be noted that drivers who leave the scene of an accident where there is injury to people or damage to property have also violated the law. Drivers involved in an accident are expected to stay at the scene until authorities have taken their information.

If You Need an Experienced Southern California Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a driver who was not obeying California law and drove recklessly, the driver may be liable for his or her negligence. In California, you may be entitled to damages for personal injury, property damage, medical care, loss of income, physical therapy, and funerals.

Our firm has more than 20 years of experience in successfully litigating southern California car accidents and winning millions in damages for our clients. We work with a team of top-notch investigators who will discover the causes of the accident and gather hard proof of who was to blame. Call us today for a free consultation with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer and to see how much your case might be worth.

Additional Resources:

  1. Powell, Amy. Victim identified in fatal Sun Valley crash possibly caused by street racing. ABC7.com. April 13, 2019. https://abc7.com/victim-idd-in-fatal-sun-valley-crash-possibly-caused-by-street-racing—/5247928/
  2. Stevens, Matt, Frank Shyong, and Brittny Meija. “Deadly Street Racing Fueled by Social Media, Popular Culture, Police Say.” Los Angeles Times. February 29, 2016.  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-street-racing-popularity-20160229-story.html


Mother, Child and 3 Others Injured in Tanker Crash

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A serious automobile accident took place involving multiple vehicles, including a commercial truck and two cars in Acton, CA. The factors that led to the accident are still being investigated, but so far it appears that a commercial propane truck began leaking, before overturning. A sedan and camper were also involved in the sequence of events that led to the overturn and collision.

Civilian camper overturns; tanker leaks propane

The incident occurred at around 9:15 a.m. on April 9 on the 14 Freeway, near the Crown Valley Road exit. A total of five people sustained injuries, including a mother and her child, both of whom had to be airlifted to a nearby trauma center. Four of the five patients are also in critical condition. The crash caused a civilian camper to overturn several times. The commercial truck was carrying 2,600 gallons of propane fuel. A hazardous material crew was also called to assess the situation and contain the propane leakage.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the commercial tanker started leaking, though it’s unclear how this contributed to the truck overturning. Several nearby businesses had to be evacuated, and multiple lanes were shut down.

Liability questions

This is a very sad situation, and five people potentially have a long road to recovery. The family of the injured are affected as well. Will they be eligible to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages? The case is still being investigated, and we cannot say with any certainty who is liable for this accident. However, it appears that that third-party negligence may have been involved. The sequence of events seems to have begun with the propane truck’s fuel leak. If investigators determine this is so, then liability may fall on the propane company. If the propane was being transported by a separate freight company, then it may bear some liability as well.

Victims of the crash may have strong grounds for a lawsuit. If any of the injuries are fatal, then family members have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Otherwise, the victims may have a strong case for a personal injury claim. Aside from pursuing medical costs, they may also be eligible to demand compensation for property damage.

Hurt on the road? Call an attorney ASAP

As Southern California residents, it breaks our hearts to see such incidents happen on the road. However, as personal injury lawyers, we see this all too often and represent people every day who find themselves in such tragic situations. We take great pride in fighting for the rights of those who were injured on the road because someone else acted carelessly or negligently. If you are hurt in an accident, please contact Ellis Law Corporation as soon as possible. We offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations, where we will discuss your case, lay out your legal options, and let you know how much money you may be entitled to receive. Our track record speaks for itself: We have won over $350 million for our clients! Call today to speak with a seasoned car accident attorney and get back on the road to recovery.

Twelve People Hospitalized in Wake of Grapevine Vehicle Pile-Up

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Twelve people were hospitalized on Saturday, March 23, as accidents involving as many as 50 vehicles combined with thick fog to create a highly dangerous situation on the Grapevine.

One of the people hospitalized was in critical condition, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The others had minor injuries, including a 21-month-old child and a horse in a trailer that was rear-ended.

The Grapevine needed to be closed to allow access to emergency responders. At least one car was reported as being on fire. Traffic on both the northbound and southbound lanes was delayed and backed up for miles.

Weather Can Make Driving Hazardous

Police reports on this accident are preliminary. However, some general observations are in order about car accidents in southern California.

Weather can be a significant factor. In this case, it appears that fog and its attendant lack of visibility caused a massive pile-up of vehicles and multiple injuries. Fog, rain, sleet, smoke from fires, and snow can all be hazardous for motorists. In the last several months, southern California drivers have had to deal with all of these hazards at one time or another.

Drivers caught in low or no visibility conditions need to drive defensively. This may involve slowing down to below the speed limit. A safe driving speed is one in which drivers can stop in case a vehicle in front of them does, or in case debris suddenly appears on the roadway. Safe drivers will allow enough space in front of them to stop appropriately.

Drivers must always follow California state law regarding the operation of a vehicle.

If You Need a Car Accident Attorney in Los Angeles

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a driver who was not following the law or safe driving practices, let Ellis Law Corporation help.

We have more than two decades of experience investigating and successfully litigating vehicle accidents in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.

All crashes can be complicated, and finding the responsible party requires thorough attention to detail. Please call today for a complimentary appointment to discuss your case with an experienced car accident attorney. We win 99.9% of the cases we take, and you owe us nothing unless we win money for you!

Additional Resources:

  1. Associated Press. “12 People Hospitalized After 50-Vehicle Pileup in Los Angeles, Authorities Say.” Time. March 24, 2019. http://time.com/5557715/los-angeles-traffic-incident/
  2. All lanes reopened on I-5 Grapevine, several injured in pileup crash. ABC30. March 23, 2019. https://abc30.com/all-lanes-reopened-on-i-5-grapevine-several-injured-in-pileup-crash/5213919/.


Report: Los Angeles has Fifth-Worst Traffic in Nation

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Wasting time stuck in traffic ranks high on a list of life’s most frustrating inconveniences. And if you live in Los Angeles, there is a good chance that you spend the equivalent of 3.2 work weeks stuck in traffic every year. That’s according to a new report compiled by INRIX—a transportation data tracker. The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, which bills itself as the “most in-depth congestion and mobility study of its kind,” states that drivers in Los Angeles lose an average of 128 hours each year in traffic jams.

Of course, some areas of the city are worse than others. INRIX has also released a list of the most severely congested traffic corridors in the country, and two stretches of freeway in Los Angeles made the list. These are the 10 freeway between the 405 and the 110 (where drivers experience 19 minutes of delay daily), and the 101 between Hollywood and Downtown LA (where drivers suffer through 13 minutes of delay daily).

Impact of congestion

The INRIX study asserts that this congestion costs each Los Angeles driver an average of $1,788 each year. That’s a total of $9.3 billion in losses for the entire city during 2018. These economic consequences are calculated based on factors like time loss, higher pollution rates, and higher rates of car accidents.

Although the economic costs of traffic jams are definitely concerning, far more alarming is the human cost. Public safety experts have long known that the worse traffic congestion is, the higher the rates of auto accidents are. And of course, higher rates of car accidents lead to higher rates of traffic fatalities and injuries.

A scientific study published by the State Highway Administration in 2003 concluded that an increase in congestion level directly correlates to an increase in accident frequency on both freeways and arterials. Rush hour is particularly hazardous for motorists, as a significant portion of accidents occur during those times.

One possible contributing factor for this trend could be that drivers stuck in a traffic jam are more likely to follow too closely. Without enough space between vehicles, accidents are more likely to occur. Traffic jams are also frustrating for drivers. As frustration levels rise, drivers may be more prone to giving in to bad driving behaviors, such as using cellphones, being otherwise distracted, and engaging in reckless driving. Drivers might also grow complacent and fail to properly monitor the traffic around them.

Injured in a car wreck in LA? Get the legal help you need

At Ellis Injury Law, we’re dedicated to defending the legal rights of car crash victims and their families. Our car accident lawyers in Los Angeles deliver vigorous legal advocacy services, which have resulted in over $350 million in settlements for our clients. After a car accident, it’s important to take action right away. There are deadlines to filing a claim. Contact our law firm in California to discuss your case and schedule a consultation with a veteran personal injury attorney.

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Three-Car Crash in Sylmar Sends Couple to Hospital in Critical Condition

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An Infiniti carrying a couple and their 7-month-old child was pushed into the path of an oncoming SUV early Sunday afternoon by another car. The couple were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The child, who was sleeping in a car seat placed on the back seat of the vehicle, was unharmed.

Couple Trapped

All three vehicles were heavily damaged, and the seriously injured couple was trapped inside their vehicle. The Infiniti’s entire roof had to be taken off by firefighters to rescue the couple. Firefighters worked for approximately 45 minutes.

Some news reports indicated that the two other drivers were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Investigation Ongoing

The accident occurred on the 12700 block of West Foothill Boulevard in Sylmar. The driver who hit the Infiniti was exiting a marijuana dispensary when he hit the left side of the Infiniti, a type of accident often referred to as a T-bone. Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division said the driver was not suspected of driving under the influence (DWI). Initial reports indicated he did not commit a traffic violation, either.

However, law enforcement officials also noted that if the crash victim(s) die, the incident could be sent to the District Attorney’s office for review of whether vehicular manslaughter charges will be filed.

The LAPD Traffic Division indicated that they were gathering evidence related to the crash, including any video surveillance footage.

Determining Negligence in a Car Crash

Police reports in this accident are preliminary. However, some general observations are in order about car accidents in southern California.

Drivers must always follow California state law regarding the operation of a vehicle, plus safety rules and regulations, such as the speed limit.

Drivers are potentially liable for an accident if they do not follow the law and safety rules and regulations.

Safe operation also requires that drivers not drink alcohol or ingest drugs to excess. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs a driver’s judgment and ability to respond to traffic conditions.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a driver who was not following the law or safe driving practices, or was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, The Ellis Law Firm can help.

We have more than two decades of experience in successfully investigating and litigating car accidents in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Road accidents can be complicated, and proving the fault of the responsible party requires knowhow, resources and dedication on the part of your attorney. Don’t settle for less at this crucial time in your life. Please call today to discuss your case with an experienced attorney at our firm.

Additional Resources:

  1. Cain, Josh. 3-car crash in Sylmar sends couple to hospital; infant in car seat not injured. Los Angles Daily News. March 3, 2019.  https://www.dailynews.com/2019/03/03/3-car-crash-in-sylmar-sends-infant-3-others-to-hospital/
  2. Ganey, Steve. Three-Vehicle Crash Traps Two People, Injuries Others in Sylmar. KTLA. March 3, 2019. https://ktla.com/2019/03/03/three-vehicle-crash-traps-two-people-injuries-others-in-sylmar/.


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