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Ellis Law Corporation Named to the List of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2020

Ellis Law Corporation is pleased to announce that it has received a First Tier ranking in Los Angeles for Personal Injury Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the 2020 edition of “Best Law Firms”. This prestigious honor is bestowed on law firms that meet the highest standards of integrity and accomplishment and is based on a comprehensive review of client feedback, peer recommendations from leading attorneys in the personal injury field, and formal comments submitted by other law firms. We are truly excited to be recognized not only by the clients we are dedicated to serving but also to have earned the respect of our fellow attorneys in the personal injury field.

The selection criteria for inclusion in the 10th Edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” includes ratings for “expertise, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, civility,” and the likelihood of a client or peer recommending someone to our firm.

This latest honor for Ellis Law Corporation follows the recent announcement of partner Andrew Ellis’ inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Personal Injury Law.

A Track Record You Can Count On

Ellis Law Corporation has built a reputation on providing tireless advocacy for personal injury victims in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Our results speak for themselves: We win 99% of the cases we take on and have recovered $350 million and counting for our clients. We take pride in treating each and every one of our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve. You’re never just a number when you work with our firm, you’re family. If you have been injured in a car crash, slip and fall, as a result of a defective product, or other instance of negligence, please contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. We never charge a fee unless we recover damages on your behalf, so you have nothing to lose by contacting an experienced lawyer at our firm today.

Actress Helen Hunt in SUV Crash

The actress Helen Hunt, known for the 1990s sitcom Mad About You and films such as As Good as It Gets, was taken to the hospital on October 16, when the SUV she was traveling in was hit by another car and rolled over on its side.

The actress, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in As Good as It Gets, was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and released. She was in pain after the accident and emotionally shaken, according to her representative, but did not receive serious injuries.

She was apparently one of several people taken to the hospital in the crash, but the condition of the others was not known.

A rollover is caused by a vehicle being tipped and unbalanced in some way. Being struck by another vehicle is the most common cause of rollovers. SUVs are more prone to roll over than cars because their center of gravity is higher. While Hunt’s accident was only a partial rollover, she is very lucky to have escaped harm.

A rollover is a potentially life-threatening accident. According to the Insurance Information Institute, rollovers are responsible for 8.9% of fatal crashes. Crashes in which a vehicle is hit in the side are responsible for nearly 18% of fatal crashes.

Who Is Responsible for a Car Accident?

While it isn’t possible to say definitely who or what is responsible for this accident, we can offer general observations about causes of accidents – and liability for potential injuries.

Collisions at intersections are usually caused by one driver entering an intersection without having the right of way. News reports indicated that the SUV was traveling straight through an intersection and was impacted on the side. A vehicle that enters an intersection without right of way has generally violated a traffic law in doing so, such as running a red light, ignoring a stop sign, or failing to yield at a four-way stop.

If you have been hurt in an accident caused by another driver’s violation of a traffic law, you may be eligible to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party seeking compensation for losses related to your injuries, including medical bills, any wages lost from work, and pain and suffering.

Can a Southern California Law Firm Help?

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, Ellis Law Corporation stands ready to help. Please contact us today for a complimentary appointment to discuss your case with an experienced car wreck lawyer in Los Angeles.

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Marine Saves Woman in Rollover Crash

EMT paramedics in a rescue operation after a car crash

A U.S. Marine saved the life of a woman severely injured in a rollover collision in Escondido in late September. Kyndra Luhr’s car collided with another vehicle and rolled over several times on Interstate 15. U.S. Marine Corporal Alexandra Nowak and another driver removed the windshield to rescue Luhr from the car and applied a tourniquet to her arm, which was injured and bleeding profusely.

Corporal Nowak had learned tourniquet procedure as part of her combat training and was carrying relevant supplies in her vehicle.

Luhr’s two children, a nine-month-old baby boy, and a four-year-old daughter were traveling with her and a friend in the car. All were unhurt.

Luhr’s grandfather thanked the two good Samaritans for saving his daughter’s life.

Unfortunately, part of her arm had to be removed due to the accident.

Luhr is without insurance to pay medical bills. A new prosthetic arm will likely cost as much as $200,000. The family has started a GoFundMe page and is hosting fundraisers locally, in the Alpine area.

Rollovers Can Be Deadly

News reports about this accident have focused on the courageous and timely actions that saved the victim’s life. There is no mention of how the collision and rollover occurred.

Rollovers are some of the most deadly accidents on the road, constituting nearly nine percent of fatal crashes and resulting in roughly 3,000 deaths per year.

Some vehicles, such as high trucks and SUVs, are more susceptible to rollovers because their center of gravity is higher and they can tip more easily.

However, any car can roll over. It generally occurs because a car traveling at high speed encounters something that tips it, such as a deep pothole. Rollovers may also result when vehicles swerve up onto a shoulder or curb. Being clipped by another vehicle can also cause a rollover because the impact can unbalance the car. Another common cause is going around a turn at a high speed, especially if the car’s angle causes it to be on two wheels for a moment.

Excessive speed can exacerbate the possibility of a rollover.

Assessing Liability in a Rollover

Who is at fault in a rollover accident? It depends on the reason the rollover occurred. We do not have information regarding who might have been at fault in this collision, but some general comments can be made.

Generally, drivers should obey traffic laws, drive safely, maintain their cars in good working order, and pay attention to other vehicles and road conditions. If they don’t, and their actions or failures to act cause an accident, they can be held responsible for resulting losses and injuries.

Let a Southern California Car Accident Attorney Help

Rollovers are serious accidents that can cause lasting pain and harm. If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a rollover, or any other car accident, in Los Angeles, we can help.

The Ellis Law Firm has been successfully investigating and litigating southern California car accidents for more than 20 years. We win 99% of the cases we take on and have recovered over $350 million for our personal injury clients.

We offer an initial free consultation with an experienced and compassionate LA car accident attorney to discuss your case. Call us today!

Additional Resources:

  1. Coronado, Lauren. US Marine, Driver Credited for Saving Woman’s Life in Crash. NBC Los Angeles. October 7, 2019. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/Marine-Saves-Woman-Car-Crash-Prosthetic-Arm-Fundraiser-562391871.html
  2. Insurance Information Institute. Facts + Statistics: Highway Safety. https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-highway-safety.

Ellis Injury Law Is Taking Cases of Children With Cancer Whose Stem Cells Were Destroyed by CHLA

Imagine your child has gone through extensive cancer therapy but had their stem cells harvested and frozen prior to treatment. While stem cell extraction is a difficult, excruciating procedure, it can prove life-saving for children whose cancer returns. Now, a freezer failure at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) puts the lives of approximately 56 children in jeopardy once more, as their stem cells have been destroyed and it is unlikely healthy new stem cells are harvestable from children who have gone through damaging chemotherapy and radiation.

Insufficient safeguards

According to a CHLA statement, freezer “safeguards were in place at the time but were insufficient.” While the malfunctioning freezer has since been replaced, and upgrades, additional staff training, and monitoring have all taken place, the prior insufficient safeguards have upended the lives of those children living in remission or with cancer and that of their families.

The hospital claims it will aid children who want to go through the stem cell harvesting process again, but the availability of healthy stem cells from children who have gone through treatment is questionable, and the procedure is grueling.

Letters sent to kids

Sean Anderson Corona, 13, underwent the painful process of having his stem cells harvested before receiving treatment for Stage 4 neuroblastoma three years ago. He has been in remission since but recalls the many injections and the two-day hookup to machines required to separate stem cells from the blood. According to Corona, he could not sleep and his body would shake, causing him to “freak out” and cry.

However, it was not to his mother that CHLA sent a letter notifying the family of the stem cell refrigeration failure, but to Sean. When he found about the loss of his stem cells, he started crying. It turns out CHLA sent the letter to all of the children involved rather than the families. CHLA has since apologized to the families, but the damage is done.

His mother, Elizabeth Anderson, says it may not prove possible to harvest more of Sean’s stem cells should his cancer come back. She says the effect of radiation and chemo on the body is so damaging that the body’s stem cells are also affected.

Ellis Injury Law reviewing destroyed stem cell cases

Ellis Injury Law is taking cases of children whose stem cells were destroyed by CHLA. The bottom line is CHLA failed these children who had or have cancer, because of this refrigerator malfunction. Now, these stem cells are lost forever, which has a devastating impact on their lives.  We will fight aggressively to seek justice for these children and their families.

How Ellis Injury Law can help

If you or a loved one had their stem cells lost because of the negligent actions of the CHLA, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Ellis Law Firm. Please call us today to schedule a free initial consultation or contact us online. We will review your case and advise you as to your legal options going forward. Over the past 25 years, our compassionate attorneys have recovered over $350 million in damages for our personal injury clients.

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A Pedestrian Dies Every 90 Minutes in America

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Pedestrian fatalities have dropped by over a third in places like the European Union and Japan, where cars are designed to produce less damage to pedestrians. Here, in America, the numbers have been climbing since 2010. Nearly 40,000 pedestrians died on US roadways from 2010-2017. The death toll is expected to exceed 6,000 for 2018, making it the deadliest year in three decades. A pedestrian dies every 90 minutes – mainly in lower-income, minority neighborhoods that rely on bipedal and public transportation to get to work.

Why Are Pedestrian Deaths Increasing?

  • We’re driving more.
  • Drivers and pedestrians are distracted by smartphones.
  • Broad, five and six-lane roads with high-speed limits account for the main travel arteries.
  • Travel navigation apps and devices increasingly send motorists down these main arteries.
  • There is a lack of median islands, sufficient lighting, sidewalks, and obstruction-free turns.
  • Requests for safety improvements in dangerous intersections go largely ignored.

Despite Vision Zero, L.A. Lags Behind

Vision Zero is a transportation safety initiative first implemented in Sweden and now employed by major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Orlando, and New York. The idea is that traffic deaths are preventable through a systems-based approach that lowers speed limits and separates pedestrians from traffic with barriers.

In New York, pedestrian deaths dropped 45% since implementing Vision Zero, with more than 350 safety engineering projects completed from 2013 to 2017. San Francisco saw a 41% drop in traffic fatalities over the same time period. Los Angeles, however, has seen an 80% increase in pedestrian deaths since 2017. Even though hundreds of projects have been completed, Los Angeles struggles with wide, multi-lane roadways to accommodate the influx of motorists.

If Not Roadway Re-Engineering, What About Cars?

Another option would be to adopt the EU safety standards for auto manufacturers. European-sold vehicles have redesigned vehicle front ends with softer bumpers, repositioned engine components, and raised the heights of hoods to cushion the impact of pedestrian heads and legs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says these improvements have “likely contributed to a downward trend in pedestrian fatalities in Europe and Japan,” but adds that pedestrian safety regulations fail to pass a cost-benefit analysis.

Lawsuits Put Pressure On Policymakers To Act

Citizens affected by pedestrian accidents can do more than create memorials that remind motorists to slow down and save a life. They can file lawsuits, placing pressure on city officials to design safer roadways. With the help of a qualified pedestrian accident lawyer, They can sue maintenance personnel who failed to clear brush from intersections or maintain working lights. They can sue auto manufacturers for failing to design cars to standards they know can save lives. They can sue other drivers who are preoccupied with smartphones, drinking and driving, or who are simply not paying attention.

Ellis Injury Law understands the heartache of placing a wreath of roses at the site of a terrible tragedy. For decades, we have helped grieving family members and survivors with devastating injuries like head trauma, broken bones, organ perforations, and permanent disabilities obtain compensation to afford better care.

Our consultations are always FREE OF CHARGE, and we ask for NO MONEY UPFRONT. Our clients only pay for legal services IF and WHEN we recover money on their behalf. You have nothing to lose by calling an experienced and compassionate car accident lawyer at our firm to explore your options.  

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1 Death Reported in West Covina Crash Involving 3 Big Rigs and a Car

Truck and highway

One driver was killed and two injured in a crash on September 26 involving three big rigs and a car. The accident happened just prior to 3 a.m. when a semi-truck driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway near Citrus Street in West Covina apparently lost control as it approached stalled traffic, hitting another big rig. That rig then hit another semi, which then collided with a Honda.

The second semi’s driver, a 52-year-old man, was dead at the scene. His name was not released immediately, but he apparently lived in South Gate.

News reports said both of the other rig drivers were injured. The first truck’s driver was trapped behind the wheel; firefighters rescued him with axes. Both injured drivers were seen wearing neck braces. The first was apparently moving about shortly after the rescue. The other driver appeared to have injuries to his legs and arms. Both were taken to local hospitals.

All of the big rigs involved were severely damaged. There was no immediate report on whether the driver of the Honda was injured or not.

The accident closed three lanes of the eastbound 10 Freeway for approximately 8 hours. Diesel fuel from at least one of the trucks was leaking onto the freeway.

Liability in Truck Accidents

It is likely that the cause of this accident will not be known until an investigation is completed. The causes of truck accidents can be very complex. Failure to stop in time to avoid crashing into another vehicle, for example, can occur because of a driver’s failure to judge distance, driver fatigue or sleepiness, or some other issue involving the driver.

But accidents like this can also be caused by inadequately maintained and repaired trucks. Failure to stop can also be caused by inadequate or worn brakes, for example, or even by worn tires.

Truck accidents can also be caused by improperly loaded and secured cargo, defective or malfunctioning parts, or by failure to inspect the truck.

Because of these complexities, it is often necessary to investigate how the accident occurred fully and completely. Responsibility for accidents involving big rigs can involve drivers, the trucking company, truck owners, the firms with responsibility for inspection, maintenance, and repair of the trucks, and even the manufacturers of parts or components. It is necessary to know what caused the accident fully to know where the responsibility lies.

How a Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a southern California truck accident, let Ellis Law Corporation help. Our seasoned truck accident lawyers and investigators form a team that fights vigorously to see that justice is done. Please call today for a free review of your case!

Additional Resources:

1 Killed in Crash Involving Big Rigs, Shutting Down 10 Freeway In West Covina. CBS Los Angeles. September 26, 2019. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/09/26/fatal-semi-truck-accident-10-freeway-west-covina/.

Salahieh, Nouran and Lauren Lyster. 1 Dead, 1 Injured in Chain Reaction Collision Involving 3 Big Rigs on 10 Fwy in West Covina. KTLA. September 26, 2019. https://ktla.com/2019/09/26/at-least-1-dead-in-big-rig-collision-on-10-fwy-in-west-covina-all-eastbound-lanes-closed/.

One Killed, Seven Injured in San Luis Obispo County Crash of Josh Turner Bus

EMT paramedics in a rescue operation after a car crash

A bus with the road crew of country singer Josh Turner onboard careened down an embankment in Shandon, California on September 18, killing one passenger and injuring seven.

The bus was on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County, traveling on the eastbound lanes. The crew had recently finished a Turner concert in Paso Robles and were heading toward a concert in central Washington state. Neither Mr. Turner, perhaps best known for the song “Long Black Train,” nor his band was on board.

It is currently unknown what caused the bus to go off the highway and crash down off the embankment at the side of Highway 46.

The names of the victims were not immediately released. Mr. Turner’s management issued a statement saying “Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss.” The September concert dates are expected to be rescheduled.

Firefighters said the driver left the roadway and plunged down an embankment. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

All of the injured were taken to the hospital. Two, who sustained major injuries, were airlifted to the hospital. The other five, who sustained moderate injuries, were transported in an ambulance.

Liability in a Bus Crash

While it is unclear what caused the accident on September 18, some general comments about liability in an accident can be made.

The causes of commercial bus crashes can be complex. As a result, an investigation is frequently needed to determine the exact causes. Interviewing of eyewitnesses and forensic analysis, among other methods, can pinpoint how the crash occurred and what the contributing factors may have been.

Determining at-fault parties in a commercial vehicle crash must take the cause of the crash into account. Possibilities include driver error, poor driving training, the maintenance, repair, and condition of the bus, or the condition of parts and components in the truck.

Bus firms, repair and maintenance companies, and manufacturers of components and parts are potentially at fault if their actions (or lack of appropriate action) are found to be factors in the accident.

All of these companies and the driver owe a duty of care to their passengers and other people on the road to make sure that the bus is safe to drive and that the driving is done in a safe and responsible manner. If they violate the duty of care, and the violation led to the causes of the crash, they can be deemed liable for injuries and death stemming from the accident.

Let a Southern California Law Firm Help

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Los Angeles accident involving a commercial vehicle like a passenger bus, The Ellis Law Firm is here to fight for justice. Please call today for a free review of your case with an experienced LA bus accident attorney.

The Ellis Law Firm has an investigative team that can help determine the causes of an accident, obtain expert testimony, and develop a personal injury case that will focus on obtaining the maximum compensation possible.

Additional Resources:

  1. 1 Dead, 7 Injured After Tour Bus Carrying Road Crew For Country Singer Josh Turner Crashes. CBS Los Angeles. September 19, 2019. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/09/19/josh-turner-country-singer-crew-bus-crash/
  2. Josh Turner to reschedule concerts after suffering ‘devastating loss’ in California tour bus crash. The Tennessean. September 19, 2019. https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/09/19/josh-turner-tour-crew-bus-crash-one-killed-california-wreck/2372145001/

Student Dies From Golf Cart Crash Injuries

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A 15-year-old special needs student died from injuries sustained in a golf cart crash on his high school campus, school officials announced on September 11. The student, Manny Perez, got into a golf cart used by the maintenance crew at El Modena High School in Orange County on September 9. The keys were in the ignition, and apparently, the student drove the golf cart a short distance. It then crashed into a wall. Perez was taken to a local hospital, where he died from internal injuries later in the day.

Conflicting Accounts Raise Controversy

Manny Perez was autistic and a special needs student at the school. News reports describe him at on the low end of the autistic spectrum, with the mental capacity of a 4-year-old and limited motor skills. As a result of his special needs, he was attended by at least one person.

While there is consensus that the golf cart’s keys were in the ignition, how and why the student got into the golf cart is the subject of controversy. Officials at El Modena maintain that he was attended by a one-on-one aide, who attempted to persuade him to get out of the golf cart.  

Earlier, however, the officials had stated he was with a group of students and teachers and broke away, getting into the golf cart. They then said he was left in the golf cart, although the keys were in the ignition. Some reports said the golf cart was idling at the time, and that the student pushed on the accelerator.

A group of students at the school staged a walkout on a few days after the incident, citing the conflicting stories from school officials and noting their sympathy with Manny Perez and his family.

His family has apparently retained an attorney, who noted his mental capacity in news reports and said he “should have been supervised.” The attorney indicated a suit was “imminent.”

The high school is part of the Orange Unified School District, which reiterated their commitment to student safety in a statement. They said an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident was ongoing.

An Accident on School Grounds

The incident at El Modena High School is tragic. While an investigation into exactly what happened in the accident appears to be ongoing, some general comments can be made about school safety.

Schools have a duty of care to their students to ensure safe conditions both in the schools and on the grounds. If the school has special needs students, the duty of care includes supervising them sufficiently.

Any school that breaches the duty of care expected could potentially be liable for injuries and death caused by the failure.

How a Southern California Law Firm Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Los Angeles accident for which another person or entity is responsible, we can help. Please call today for a complimentary appointment to discuss your case with a seasoned personal injury lawyer.

Ellis Law Corporation has been successfully investigating and litigating personal injury accidents for over two decades. We fight to see that justice is done.

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Installation of Rainbow Halos for Los Angeles Crash Victims Begins

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Southern Californians may soon notice art installations at selected intersections around Los Angeles. They show a person’s portrait, surrounded by a rainbow-like disc and a plaque. The installations, dubbed “Rainbow Halos,” commemorate people killed in traffic accidents around the city, at the spot where they were killed. They include pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle occupants.

Rainbow Halos Are Part of Traffic Safety Plan for City

The first Rainbow Halo was installed in Sherman Oaks over Labor Day weekend. It is the first of a planned 100 throughout the city. Although they are appreciated by friends and family of the victims – one mother told the Los Angeles Times that the rainbow reminded her of the “fragility of every moment” – commemoration is not the only goal. They are intended to make the necessity of traffic safety visible to everyone who sees them.

Rainbow Halos are part of a traffic safety initiative spearheaded by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The initiative, Vision Zero, is intended to eliminate all deaths caused by traffic accidents on the streets of the city by 2025. Vision Zero includes installing traffic safety features throughout Los Angeles as well as raising awareness in the way that Rainbow Halos do.

Similar plans have proved very effective in New York City, where traffic deaths have hit a 100-year low, and in Europe. Sweden’s plan, which has been in effect for 20 years, is the model for both New York City and Los Angeles. The theory is simple: traffic deaths are entirely preventable, either through safety features, road design, or public awareness. Human error will not go away, but urban planning can minimize the effects to the zero point.

Is Vision Zero Succeeding?

In Los Angeles, though, Vision Zero has so far not been a success. It has been in effect for over three years, and in that time, traffic accident deaths have actually risen by nearly one-third. The number of people killed in traffic accidents during the period was 932, more than died by gunshot wounds.

Why has Vision Zero not been a success in the city? Los Angeles has 7,500 miles of streets, and cars dominate city life here more than they do in other urban environments. Both distracted driving and exceeding the speed limit are common.

Despite the rise in deaths since the project began, signs of success have started to appear in the past two years. Four fewer people died in traffic accidents during 2017 than in 2016. City officials believe the numbers will continue to fall as more Vision Zero-related projects are implemented.

How a Los Angeles Law Firm Can Help

The achievement of zero traffic-related deaths would be a great accomplishment for our city. Even one traffic death is too many.

Unfortunately, all too many traffic deaths and injuries are caused by reckless or unsafe behavior. Drivers who break traffic laws or otherwise engage in reckless disregard for the safety of their passengers or others on the road may be held liable if their misconduct results in a collision.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in southern California, we’re here to help. The experienced car accident attorneys at the Ellis Law Firm will review your case for free and advise you as to your legal rights for compensation. You can rely on our track record, as we win 99% of the cases we take on and have recovered over $350 million in damages for our personal injury clients. Please call today for a free initial consultation.

Additional Resources:

  1. Nelson, Laura J. 100 rainbow ‘halos’ on Los Angeles street corners will honor people killed in car crashes. Los Angeles Times. September 3, 2019. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-02/rainbow-halos-los-angeles-crash-victims
  2. Nelson, Laura J. More people are dying on L.A.’s streets despite a push to eliminate traffic fatalities. Los Angeles Times. April 25, 2019. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-traffic-deaths-bike-pedestrian-los-angeles-vision-zero-20190425-story.html.

Overturned Car Accident Near Pico Rivera Mall Injures Several

A multi-vehicle collision occurred on Thursday night, August 29, near the Pico Rivera mall, when a car apparently ran a red light and crashed into two other cars before eventually coming to a stop in an upside-down position, with the driver trapped inside. The car, a 2011 Toyota Corolla, flipped over several times after hitting the initial two vehicles, collided with another car coming out of the Target parking lot, and crashed into both a light pole and fire hydrant before it overturned and came to rest.

The light pole was toppled and water poured from the fire hydrant in the aftermath of the crash.  

Firefighters were able to cut the Toyota’s driver out of the car. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where authorities said she was in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Occupants of the other vehicles were also taken to local hospitals and were reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident occurred at roughly 9 p.m. at the intersection of East Whittier and Rosemead boulevards. The Toyota’s driver was headed south on Rosemead Boulevard, where she went through an intersection against a red light and collided with two westbound vehicles on Whittier Boulevard.

Names of the injured have not been released.

Assessing Responsibility in a Car Accident

Given the multiple collisions involved in this accident, it’s fortunate that all occupants have non-life threatening injuries. Things could easily have been much worse.

How is responsibility assessed in an accident like this? News reports indicate that one driver ran a red light. If that proves to be the cause of the accident, that driver could be held at least partially liable for the accident. Becoming a licensed driver involves a duty of care to other vehicle occupants and to the public. Part of the duty of care involves following all traffic laws – which clearly mandate following traffic signals and signs and yielding right of way – and driving in a safe and sensible manner.

Drivers should also take care not to operate a vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If drivers have breached the duty of care, they can be deemed negligent if their actions have caused an accident.

But the causes of accidents can be more complicated than they first appear. It’s often necessary to investigate what happened to know what the cause really is.

Red-light running can be caused by a car’s mechanical failure, such as nonworking brakes. If the brakes are defective, a manufacturer might be at fault. If brake failure is due to lack of maintenance, however, the driver may still be liable, because drivers are responsible for maintaining and repairing their cars.

Red-light running can also be caused by defective signals. It may be necessary to investigate whether traffic lights in the area were working.

Let a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Handle Your Case

Collisions caused by going through a red light or stop signal are, unfortunately, one of the most common kinds of car accidents in southern California and the entire U.S.

Have you or a loved one been harmed by a car accident in Southern California? Contact us to discuss your case. Ellis Law Corporation has been successfully investigating and litigating southern California car accidents for more than two decades.

We offer an initial free consultation to discuss your case. Call us today to learn your legal rights!

Additional Resources:

  1. Car Overturns After Striking Light Pole, Fire Hydrant Following Pico Rivera Crash. CBS Los Angeles, August 29, 2019. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/08/29/car-overturns-after-striking-light-pole-fire-hydrant-following-pico-rivera-crash/
  2. California Driver Handbook. Department of Motor Vehicles. State of California. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/dl600.pdf.
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