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LAPD Officer Charged with Murder in Fatal DUI Crash

firefighter with car accident victim

A deadly crash in 2017 on the 605 Freeway in Whittier has led to the arrest of an off-duty LAPD officer. The officer, 27-year-old Edgar Omar Verduzco, of Santa Ana, was charged with three counts each of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, as well as drunk driving causing injury. He has also been discharged from his duty as an officer.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WERE INVOLVED IN THE WHITTIER ACCIDENT INVOLVING OFFICER VERDUZCO, CONTACT ELLIS INJURY LAW TOLL FREE AT 1-800-INJURED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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Speed and alcohol believed to be factors

The crash took place last year on September 26, around 10:15 p.m. Verduzco was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, headed southbound on the 605 in the carpool lane at an excessive speed. He had reportedly posted a video from a bar to his social media account just hours before the crash and CHP officers at the scene determined he was intoxicated based on field sobriety tests.

At the time of the accident, in the lane ahead of Verduzco, a 2014 Nissan was carrying three members of a family from Riverside – 52-year-old Maribel Davila, her 60-year-old husband Mario, and their 19-year-old son Oscar. A 2010 Scion driven by 32-year-old Berly Alvarado of Wilmington, accompanied by her 1-year-old son, was also traveling in the lane.

Three family members killed in DUI crash

According to investigators, while Verduzco was speeding, he struck the Nissan carrying the Davila family and their vehicle was launched toward the freeway divider wall where it caught fire. Verduzco’s vehicle then struck the Alvarado vehicle.

The Verduzco and the Alvarados were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries but all three members of the Davila family were killed in the crash. According to a fundraising site, the Davilas were actively involved in their community and left behind four other children.

This crash illustrates the serious consequences of drunk driving. Though arrests for DUI have steadily declined, the proportion of fatal crashes involving alcohol have increased to nearly 40%.

The law allows victims – both those personally involved in the crashes and the loved ones left behind because of a fatal DUI crash – to hold the driver and/or the establishment that served him or her alcohol responsible.

We help victims of DUI accidents in California

A DUI accident can leave a wake of immediate and long-term injuries and losses. The impact of the sudden death of a loved one is life-altering in itself but it also carries lasting effects like loss of the individual’s emotional and financial support. Physical injuries can cause instant disabilities and impairments but an inability to work during recover can cause a pile-up of crushing medical bills.

The Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law have secured millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of clients throughout Southern California. Call 1-800-INJURED today to find out how we can help you.

Additional Resources on the Whittier DUI Crash:

1. ABC7, LAPD officer charged in suspected DUI crash that killed 3 on 605 Freeway, http://abc7.com/lapd-officer-charged-in-suspected-dui-crash-that-killed-3/3370744/
2. LA Times, LAPD officer arrested on 3 counts of murder in suspected DUI crash in Whittier, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-verduzco-arrest-20180420-story.html

Car Crash Involving Actor Will Ferrell Leaves 2 Hospitalized

Will Ferrell

Actor Will Ferrell and three others traveling with him were struck on a California freeway by another vehicle. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported. The actor, age 50, had been hosting a voter registration event in San Diego on Thursday, April 12. Ferrell was on his way back to Los Angeles that evening with three of his colleagues when another driver sideswiped their SUV, causing it to swerve into the center divider median, and subsequently overturn.

VICTIMS INVOLVED WITH THE WILL FERRELL CAR CRASH IN LOS ANGELES ARE URGED TO SECURE LEGAL ADVOCACY SERVICES IMMEDIATELY TO PRESERVE THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS. CONTACT THE CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS AT ELLIS INJURY LAW AT 1-800-INJURED.

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[Photo by Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]

Few details about the crash are known

Ferrell was a passenger in the SUV, along with colleagues Andrew Steele and Carolina Barlow. The SUV was driven by Mark Thompson, who is Ferrell’s longtime driver. As of Saturday, Thompson and Barlow remained hospitalized in stable condition. Their injuries were not disclosed, but Barlow was initially said to be in critical condition. The 27-year-old woman was reportedly not wearing her seatbelt.

United Talent Agency, which represents the actor, released a statement that noted that Ferrell is, “staying close by as his friends are being treated, and has expressed his deep gratitude to the first responders who were immediately at the scene and to the hospital team that took such great care of them.” Ferrell and Steele were evaluated by paramedics at the scene, and taken to an Orange County hospital, but both are said to be largely unhurt.

Driver fatigue said to be a factor in the crash

The rollover crash happened at around 11 p.m. on Interstate 5 near Aliso Viejo. Ferrell’s SUV had been traveling northbound in the carpool lane, not far from La Paz Road. The driver of the other vehicle, a Toyota, had reportedly fallen asleep at the wheel. That’s according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Rafael Reynoso. The identification of the driver has not been released, and it’s unknown whether the driver was taken into custody or charged with any crime.

Along with distracted driving and drunk driving, drowsy driving is a major cause of motor vehicular accidents. When litigating lawsuits that involve drowsy driving crashes, personal injury lawyers may argue that a sleepy driver failed to exercise reasonable care toward protecting the safety of others on the road.

How our car accident lawyers can help

Anyone who has suffered injuries or other losses due to the negligence of another driver may be entitled to financial compensation. The Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law have earned a reputation for providing effective, vigorous legal advocacy services throughout southern California. We’ve secured millions on behalf of our injured clients. Will you become our next success story? Call us today at 1-800-INJURED to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation case review.

Additional Will Ferrell Car Crash Resources:

  1. CNN, Will Ferrell unhurt, feeling ‘grateful’ after car accident, https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/13/entertainment/will-ferrell-accident/index.html
  2. USA Today, Will Ferrell is unhurt, ‘grateful,’ following serious car crash, https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/04/13/ferrell-accident-car-crash/514611002/

Tragic Drunk Driving Crash Kills 3 Teens in Huntington Beach

Destroyed windshield and front part of car after accident.

A spring break trip ended in tragedy when an allegedly drunk driver rear-ended the car of the vacationing teenagers. The crash happened at around 1 a.m. on Thursday, March 29 at an intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. Three of the teens, who were visiting California from Las Vegas, lost their lives in the fiery crash. Only one managed to escape.

Hundreds gathered during a vigil

Family and friends of the deceased children, as well as countless community members gathered together shortly after news of the crash spread. The vigil was held at Knickerbocker Park in Las Vegas in memory of the deceased teens, who were identified as Dylan Mack, A.J. Rossi, and Brooke Hawley. All three were students at Centennial High School. The surviving student was identified as Alexis Vargas, who suffered severe injuries including a concussion.

One at a time, family members and friends took their place at a microphone to share memories of their lost loved ones, who had been mere months away from graduation. Many of them urged the listening public to think twice before getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

Allegedly drunk driver arrested

According to preliminary reports, the driver of a Hyundai Sonata was traveling north on the PCH when it struck the teens’ Toyota. At the time, the Toyota had been stopped at a red light at the intersection with Magnolia Street. The impact pushed the Toyota into the intersection, and the car caught fire.

The driver of the Hyundai Sonata was identified as 27-year-old Bani Duarte, a receptionist who lives in San Clemente. Duarte was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury.

DUI-related crashes and liability issues involved

Car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers can lead to both criminal charges and civil liability. Convicted drunk drivers are subject to harsh legal penalties, which may include jail time, fines, mandatory alcohol use disorder evaluation and education, and the loss of driving privileges. But they can also be sued by their injured victims or by their victims’ surviving loved ones. Any civil lawsuit filed against drunk drivers will proceed completely independent of the criminal case.

It is not necessary for a drunk driver to be convicted on criminal charges in order to be found liable in a civil lawsuit. In fact, civil lawsuits have a lower burden of proof than criminal cases. If the drunk driver is convicted, however, this can go a long way toward definitively establishing civil liability.

The legal advocacy you need with the compassionate approach you deserve

The irresponsible and reckless actions of one drunk driver can have devastating consequences on families. At Ellis Law, we are privileged to represent the surviving family members of individuals killed in drunk driving accidents in the greater Los Angeles area. Our award-winning personal injury law firm has recovered millions in compensation for our clients over the years. You can request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a car accident lawyer by calling 888-538-1146.

Additional resources on tragic Huntington Beach crash:

  1. Los Angeles Times, 3 Las Vegas teens killed in fiery crash in Huntington Beach are identified, http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-dui-crash-update-20180402-story.html
  2. The Mercury News, Alleged drunk driver in California beach town kills teens on spring break, https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/30/3-las-vegas-teens-killed-in-crash-in-southern-california/

2 Dead After Car Strikes Building in Sunland

Destroyed windshield and front part of car after accident.

A man and a woman were killed early in the morning on April 2 when their car crashed into a commercial building in Sunland. The crash occurred shortly after 3 a.m. in the 7800 block of West Foothill Boulevard. There were no other passengers in the car, and no injuries were reported from inside the building.

IF YOU LOST A LOVED ONE IN THE FATAL SUNLAND CAR CRASH ON MONDAY, PLEASE CONTACT ELLIS INJURY LAW ASAP TO REQUEST A FREE CASE CONSULT. CALL OUR LOS ANGELES LAW FIRM TOLL-FREE AT 888-654-7056. OUR SEASONED CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER WILL REVIEW YOUR CLAIM!

Sunland crash investigation is ongoing

The car, a silver sedan, sustained substantial damage to the front end. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The man, who was driving, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the coroner. The passenger, a woman, had been trapped inside the car. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate her from the totaled vehicle. She was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.

Authorities recently identified the deceased man as Christopher Ramirez, 21, of Pacoima. The deceased woman was identified as 20-year-old Tayry Romero of Sylmar.

It was reported by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety that the stability of the affected part of the building had been compromised.

No other details have been released as of yet regarding the potential causes and contributing factors to the crash.

Vehicle/building crashes: Liability issues to consider

Accidents that involve vehicles crashing into buildings aren’t as uncommon as you might think. When people are inside the affected part of the building, the injuries can be horrific. If you’ve been injured due to a vehicle striking your home or place of business, you can consult a car accident lawyer to learn about your legal options.

One of the first steps your lawyer will take is to sort through potential liability issues. The cause of the accident will play a major role in determining which party is at fault for your medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.

Some of the most common causes of car crashes include distracted driving, drunk driving, driving while impaired by drugs, and reckless driving. It’s possible for a driver to lose control and strike a building because of excessive speed, particularly if street racing is a factor. In some cases, it may be determined that the driver, due to a medical condition or perhaps due to advanced age, became confused and depressed the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Contact Ellis Law for your free legal consult

Ellis Law has secured $350 million on behalf of our clients. We know that no amount of money can ever replace the loss of a loved one or the loss of your health, but filing a claim could help your family overcome practical, day-to-day challenges. Your initial consultation is free of charge, and there’s never a fee unless we secure compensation on your behalf. Call our personal injury law firm today at 888-654-7056 to schedule a complimentary consultation with a skilled car accident lawyer in LA.

Additional Sunland car crash resources:

  1. Los Angeles Daily News, 2 die when car crashes into Sunland building, https://www.dailynews.com/2018/04/02/2-die-when-car-crashes-into-sunland-building/
  2. Los Angeles Daily News, Man and woman who died in Sunland crash into building are identified, https://www.dailynews.com/2018/04/03/man-and-woman-who-died-in-sunland-crash-into-building-are-identified/

13 in Hospital After Greyhound Bus Crashes Into Foothill Transit Bus on 10 Freeway

emergency vehiclesA Greyhound intercity bus crashed into the rear of a Foothill Transit “Silver Streak” commuter bus yesterday on the 10 Freeway in Boyle Heights. According to news reports, the buses were heading eastbound in the Express Lanes near Soto Street around 11am when the rear-end collision occurred. Authorities have speculated that wet roads from rainy weather may have contributed to the crash. Paramedics examined 40 people on the scene, and 13 were transported to area hospitals for further treatment. No one was killed, and emergency personnel indicated that the injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WERE INVOLVED IN THE GREYHOUND-FOOTHILL TRANSIT BUS CRASH ON THURSDAY, PLEASE CONTACT ELLIS INJURY LAW ASAP FOR A FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION! CALL TOLL-FREE AT 888-981-9214 TO SPEAK WITH AN EXPERIENCED BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEY AT OUR FIRM AND SEE HOW MUCH YOUR CASE MIGHT BE WORTH!

News helicopter footage revealed that the right front bumper of the Greyhound bus impacted the left rear bumper of the Foothill Transit bus. It is not yet clear if the Greyhound driver was attempting to maneuver around the other bus, or if either bus was braking at the time of the collision.

According to the California Highway Patrol, two other accidents were reported in the vicinity shortly before the bus crash. A vehicle on the 10 Freeway hit a downed tree, and a pickup truck heading westbound near Soto Street crashed after veering over an embankment.

Were You Injured in Thursday’s Greyhound Bus Crash? Call Ellis Injury Law Today!

If you or a loved one were injured in Thursday’s Greyhound bus crash on the 10 Freeway in Boyle Heights, we urge you to contact the Ellis Injury Law Firm today. You may be in line to receive money damages, but the sooner we can start working on your case, the better chance we have of resolving your case quickly for maximum compensation. Time is of the essence in the aftermath of a crash, as crucial evidence establishing fault may be lost in the days and weeks following the accident, and memories from eyewitnesses may become less clear. Our elite attorneys have a 99% winning track record for the cases we take on, and we have won $350 million and counting for our clients. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by calling a seasoned LA bus accident lawyer today at 888-981-9214. All initial consultations are free of charge, and you pay us nothing unless we win money for you!

Additional Resources:

  1. NBC Los Angeles, Thirteen People Injured When Two Buses Collide in Boyle Heights, https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Boyle-Heights-Bun-Crash-477669003.html
  2. KTLA 5, 13 Hospitalized After Greyhound Bus Collides With Foothill Transit Bus on Rainy 10 Freeway in Boyle Heights, http://ktla.com/2018/03/22/13-hospitalized-after-greyhound-bus-collides-with-foothill-transit-bus-on-rainy-10-freeway-in-boyle-heights/

4 Students Struck by Car Near Paramount High School

LA ambulanceFour unidentified children survived a frightening accident near their school. At around 3 p.m. on March 19, 2018, the four students were struck by a car near the Paramount High School Senior campus. All four victims were taken to local hospitals for medical attention. The Paramount school district is cooperating with the local Sheriff’s Department in the ongoing investigation. The school is also encouraging students and staff to speak with counselors from the County Department of Mental Health, who will be available at the school.

Young driver arrested

It appears that a pickup truck had been traveling in the vicinity of Rosecrans Avenue and Downey Avenue. Investigators believe the 19-year-old driver lost control of the pickup, at which time it veered onto the sidewalk and struck the students. Later that evening, the driver was arrested on suspicion of felony reckless driving.

The driver was identified as Saul Martinez. He had allegedly been speeding in his Chevrolet Silverado pickup, and was allegedly attempting to pass another vehicle when he lost control of the truck. As the truck struck the four students, it also tore down a portion of the fencing around the campus.

The four students were all sophomores and juniors, and all of them were reported in stable condition by Monday night. Most of them sustained various bumps and bruises, and broken bones were also reported. One of the students, a female, required surgery. All of them are expected to recover.

Determining liability in pedestrian accidents

Around the country, thousands of pedestrian deaths and tens of thousands of injuries in pedestrian accidents occur every year. Negligence is a key concept in accident lawsuits. A lawyer working on the case will look for physical evidence and witness statements to determine if the pedestrians and the driver were in compliance with all traffic safety regulations. In many pedestrian accident cases, the driver is found to be at fault, particularly if the driver was speeding or failed to yield right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Determining liability in a car wreck isn’t always easy, even if the case appears to be cut-and-dry at first blush. Since uncollected evidence can be compromised over time, and eyewitness recollections become less clear, it’s imperative for the victims and their families to get in touch with an attorney right away.

By getting in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible, the injured individuals can also avoid the common pitfalls associated with dealing with motor vehicle insurance carriers in the wake of a crash.

Talk to seasoned litigators in Los Angeles

The southern California car accident attorneys at Ellis Injury Law would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the injured students and their families, and our wishes for their speedy recovery. Nothing can turn back time and erase the consequences of a car accident, but pursuing justice in civil courts may help ease the financial burden. If you or a loved one has been injured in the Los Angeles area, contact our office today at 888-275-3901 to request a consultation.

Additional resources:

  1. Paramount Unified School District, Superintendent’s Message, https://www.paramount.k12.ca.us/apps/spotlightmessages/2361
  2. NBC Los Angeles, Man Arrested After Four Students Hit by Car Near Paramount High School: Sheriff, https://www.paramount.k12.ca.us/apps/spotlightmessages/2361

3 Tragic Car Accidents in One Week in L.A.

ambulanceNo information gets across how dangerous Southern California roads can be than looking at the car accidents that occur in one representative week.

Here is a look at the 3 fatal car accidents occurring during one week in the Los Angeles area.

Driver Dead, Deputy Injured in Suspected DUI near Lancaster

In the first car accident, a driver died at the scene in Lancaster after hitting a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicle on patrol. The driver is suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

A deputy inside the LASD vehicle sustained serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. She is in stable condition, according to LASD spokespeople.

The driver’s name has not yet been released. The crash is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Antelope Valley Division.

Multi-Vehicle Collision Claims an Elderly Woman’s Life, Injures Two

An elderly woman died in a multi-vehicle crash in Saticoy as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Ventura resident Anita Montiel, 73, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The crash occurred on the Santa Clara River Bridge on Highway 118 bridge, near Los Angeles Avenue and County Drive.

The CHP indicated that a Chrysler 300 driving westbound hit the back end of a semi truck. The accident caused the Chrysler to swerve into the opposite lane, where it hit Ms. Montiel’s Volvo S60 in the eastbound lane.

The Chrysler’s two occupants were hospitalized with moderate injuries. The semi truck driver sustained no injuries in the crash.

Woman Dead, Child Critically Injured in Crash on the 5

A collision on the 5 Freeway near Sylmar killed a woman and injured her three children. One of the children, a boy 8 years old, was in critical condition. The two other children, whose age and gender were not released, are hospitalized in fair condition.

Officials are investigating the accident, which involved one other car. The accident occurred directly north of the 210.

After a Crash, Speak With a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer

 As this overview of just one week in our communities shows, car accidents can occur at any time and any place. They can injure and kill people of any age. People can be injured or killed by direct collisions, the poor choices of other drivers, and even as a result of collateral damage from another accident.

We have 20 years of experience successfully investigating and litigating car accidents in Southern California. You owe it to yourself and your family to call the attorneys at Ellis Injury Law for a free consultation and see how much your case is worth. Call 888-369-2446 today!

Additional Resources:

  1. Childs, Jeremy. “Woman identified in fatal Highway 118 crash in Saticoy.” VC Star. March 10, 2018. http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/ventura/2018/03/10/woman-identified-fatal-highway-118-crash-saticoy/413907002/
  2. Chinchilla, Rudy. “One Dead, Deputy Injured in Suspected DUI Crash.” NBC Los Angeles. March 11, 2018. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/One-Dead-Deputy-Injured-in-Suspected-DUI-Crash-476483553.html
  3. Grigoryants, Olga. “Woman killed, 3 children injured in Sylmar crash.” Los Angeles Daily News. https://www.dailynews.com/2018/03/03/woman-killed-3-children-injured-in-sylmar-crash/

LATLC Casino Night & Texas Hold’em Tournament on April 21!

Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities Casino Night GalaIf you watched the 90th Oscars on Sunday, March 4, you heard a ton of shout-outs for the first Academy Awards, which were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Well, now it’s OUR TURN to shout out about an exciting event that will be held at that historic location on April 21, 2018! It’s the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities Casino Night Gala! Come to participate in a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, a silent auction and more, all to raise money for good causes in the greater Los Angeles area.

Click here to learn more about LATLC’s Charities Casino Night Gala, or to purchase tickets, VIP packages, and sponsorships.

Andy Ellis is proud to be on on the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities. He and everyone here at Ellis Injury Law supports LATLC and its mission to give back to the community we serve.

Dinner, Dancing, Poker and More!

From blackjack to tarot card readers, live Big Band swing music to the exclusive VIP After Party, this year’s Casino Event promises to be the party of the year. Highlights of the evening include:

  • Complete buffet dinner & complimentary valet parking
  • Casino table games: blackjack, craps, roulette, and  Texas hold’em poker tournament!
  • Silent auction
  • VIP reserved tables and booths with bottle service
  • NEW this year! After Party with full bar, DJ and dancing until 2 am, late night snacks and dessert, virtual golf and other fun games!
  • “Old Hollywood” Night Club with Maria De La Vega and the Wayward Five playing the classic music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s
  • Mobile spa
  • Manicures and massages
  • Fortune tellers
  • “The South Coast Swing,” a 16 piece Big Band playing the classics of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman

“Justice in the Courtroom. Service in the Community.”

The Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) was founded in 2006 with the primary purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of citizens in the greater Los Angeles area.

LATLC targets issues related to education, children, abuse, persons with disabilities, and homelessness, by offering financial assistance to needy persons and groups in the greater Los Angeles area.

Specifically, LATLC has given:

  • $3,500,000 in monetary donations to the community in grants, gifts and goods to more than 70 of our partner charities.
  • 545,359 pounds of food donations, distributed to groups like the L.A. Mission, L.A. Food Bank, Food Bank of Southern California and Delancy Street Foundation, providing for more than 848,000 meals.
  • 16 volunteer service projects last year, involving thousands of volunteer-hours from our attorney supporters.
  • $120,000 in college scholarships awarded to 37 high school seniors based on academic achievement and need.
  • $100,000 for youth sports programs, giving grants to more than 75 organized youth sports and public high schools, sponsoring Little Leagues, softball teams and sports programs.

LATLC’s Board of Directors includes 41 attorneys, including our own Andy Ellis, who have dedicated themselves to giving back to the Los Angeles community and who volunteer their time to help our organization. LATLC’s membership is committed to positively benefiting the lives of needy people and groups throughout Southern California.

Cypress Park Vehicle Crash Injures 7 People

firefighter with car accident victim

Seven people were injured in a car crash in northern Cypress Park last Friday, reports the Los Angeles Fire Department. The accident involved two passenger vehicles which collided at the intersection on Division Street, close to San Fernando Road. Authorities think the force of the collision pushed a white sedan off the road and onto the sidewalk, where it struck and injured two pedestrians.

Aerial footage of the accident scene taken by KTLA showed a white Toyota sedan with severe damage on its right side and a red-colored Honda SUV. The two vehicles crashed at approximately 2:30 p.m. on the outskirts of L.A.’s Glassell Park and Cypress Park neighborhoods.

According to officials at the LA Fire Department, emergency responders treated the seven injured on the scene before transporting them to local hospitals. At this time, four of the injured are in stable condition and three are reported to be in fair condition.  The exact nature of their injuries has not been disclosed.

The cause of the two-vehicle accident is currently being investigated.

Los Angeles traffic fatalities on the rise

For years, Los Angeles has been considered one of the nation’s most dangerous cities for pedestrians, who account for almost 50 percent of fatalities in vehicle collisions, according to a recent city analysis. In 2016, more than 55,300 accidents were reported in L.A., marking a 20 percent increase from two years prior. These accidents claimed the lives of 260 people, outpacing traffic deaths in most other large cities. LAPD data shows the majority of these traffic incidents involved hit-and-run accidents, pedestrian knock-downs, drunk and distracted driving.

Car accident liability issues

To date, no citations have been issued in the Cypress Park collision. Investigators will be examining a number of factors to determine which party, if any, is at fault. If circumstantial and forensic evidence shows that drugs, alcohol, excessive speed or distraction played a role in the collision, the injured victims may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver.

To have a strong claim for compensation, it must be proven that the at-fault party was reckless or negligent and that his or her actions directly or indirectly caused the accident and related injuries.

A successful car accident claim can seek money damages for hospital and ER costs, future medical care needs, pain, emotional suffering, lost wages, and other losses.

Experienced personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles

If you were harmed in an auto accident in Southern California, Ellis Law Firm can determine if you are entitled to legal compensation. Our award-winning Los Angeles car accident attorneys can maximize the value of your case and will never settle for less than you deserve. Schedule a free, no-obligation case review by calling 1-800-INJURED. 

Additional Resources on Cypress Park Crash:

  1. CBS News Los Angeles, 7 Reported Injured In Cypress Park Accident http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/02/23/cypress-park-accident/
  2. KTLA, 2-Vehicle Crash in Cypress Park Area Leaves 7 Injured, Including Pedestrians http://ktla.com/2018/02/23/2-vehicle-crash-in-cypress-park-area-leaves-7-injured-including-pedestrians/
  3. US News, Los Angeles Traffic Deaths Jumped Sharply in 2016 https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2017-04-03/los-angeles-traffic-deaths-jumped-sharply-in-2016

One Killed, Two Injured in Deadly Crash; Actor Luke Wilson Hailed as “Hero” in Aftermath

ambulanceA crash between a Ferrari and a BMW in Pacific Palisades turned deadly on February 13, but ended up with movie actor Luke Wilson being called a “hero” as he spearheaded a plan to free a woman trapped and injured by the crash.

Victim’s Leg Trapped

According to bystanders, a Ferrari sped up and appeared to veer out of the driver’s control. The rear end of it moved into oncoming traffic, and it hit a pole. The vehicle hit a BMV, causing it to overturn to the passenger side, and clipped a third vehicle, an SUV.

The Ferrari’s driver Mark William Gibello of Pacific Palisades, was killed. The occupant, professional golfer Bill Haas, was hospitalized with pain in his legs.

The driver of the BMV, a 50-year-old woman, was also hospitalized, in serious condition.

Wilson was the driver of the SUV. He is most famous to audiences as the quiet lawyer boyfriend in Legally Blonde and brother of actor Owen Wilson.

According to an eyewitness, Wilson, who was unhurt, emerged from his car and quickly developed the plan by which the woman was freed. The victim’s leg was pinned, and he and the eyewitness released it. Wilson then pulled the BMV’s driver through the back trunk.

The eyewitness said that smoke was “everywhere,” and that the actor wanted to free the woman immediately, as there was a risk the Ferrari could catch on fire.

Golfer Cancels Plans in Wake of Accident

Haas, 36, has won the PGA Tour six times and was staying with Gibello as he was slated to play at the Riveriera Country Club, at the Genesis Open. He canceled these plans in the wake of the tragedy, and was described as “distraught.” Friends of the golfer noted that he had just met Gibello and his family recently.

Haas lives in South Carolina and has gone there to recuperate from the accident.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

When You Need an Auto Accident Lawyer in Southern California

Whether in quiet neighborhoods or major freeways, while driving to work or to enjoy the beach or the desert, the risk of auto accidents in the Los Angeles area is unfortunately always present.

If you or a loved one need the assistance of an experienced auto accident lawyer in Los Angeles, call us today. We can help you receive the justice you are due. Contact us today at 1-800-INJURED for a complimentary consultation.

Additional Resources:

  1. CBS News. “Bill Haas, Luke Wilson involved in deadly car crash in Pacific Palisades, California.” February 14, 2018. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bill-haas-luke-wilson-involved-in-deadly-car-crash-in-pacific-palisades-california/
  2. CBS News. “Luke Wilson called a ‘hero’ in deadly Los Angeles crash.” February 15, 2018. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/luke-wilson-called-a-hero-in-deadly-los-angeles-crash/