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Suspected Street Race Kills Two in Mid-City Area

LA ambulanceA young man and woman were both pronounced dead at the scene of a violent crash in the 3500 block of West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. Diego Portillo-Marquez, an 18-year-old man and the driver of the Toyota Scion, and an unidentified woman in her 20s lost their lives in what investigators suspect could have been a drag race. The deadly crash was reported just after 10:00 PM on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Serious crash injured two others

When emergency responders arrived on the scene, they found two injured individuals in addition to the two fatalities. A 21-year-old man was taken to a local trauma center in critical condition. He had been a passenger in the Scion. A 44-year-old man, who was driving a Toyota Tacoma truck, was also hospitalized. He is reported as being in fair condition.

Drag racing known to be a problem in the area

Area residents have told reporters that the use of excessive speed and drag racing is known to be a problem in the neighborhood. One resident, Arcadio Racandaz, gave the following statement to CBS Los Angeles: “Usually these cars, [they’re going] something like 60, 70 mph all the time.” Witnesses to this particular horrific crash have told investigators that the Scion could have been traveling as fast as 100 mph.

The driver of the Scion, Portillo-Marquez, allegedly lost control of the car. The Scion crossed into oncoming traffic, where it was T-boned by the Toyota Tacoma. The car then rolled over, coming to a rest on its side. When firefighters righted the car, witnesses say the damage had rendered it virtually unrecognizable.

Disturbing rise in deadly crashes related to street racing

California in general, and the Los Angeles area in particular, have developed a disturbing reputation for deadly street races. The problem has become so prevalent that the Los Angeles Police Department launched a new task force to deal with it. The task force targets neighborhoods known for street races. But if the recent deaths are any indication, it’s clear that more progress needs to be made. Police officers attribute the sharp increase in street racing to social media (which gives drivers a way to brag about what they’re doing) and popular culture (movies that glorify street racing).

Injured in a car crash in Los Angeles? Here’s what to do.

A car crash is a traumatic experience, and it can be difficult to think clearly in the aftermath. After checking yourself and your passengers for injuries, and after calling 911, take some cellphone photos of the crash site. Get pictures of the damage to your car and the other car, as well as the area around you. Ask witnesses to write down their names and contact information, and always ask where you can get a copy of the police report. This information will help your personal injury attorney prove liability and secure compensation on your behalf.

At Ellis Law in Los Angeles, we’re committed to securing maximum compensation for our clients. We understand the significant medical and financial hardships caused by car wrecks, and our car accident injury lawyers want to help your family move forward. Call our office today at 1-800-INJURED to request your free case consultation.

Additional Resources:

  1. CBS Los Angeles, Man, Woman Killed In Mid-City Crash, http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/02/12/double-fatal-mid-city-crash/
  2. CBS News, LAPD task force aims to put the brakes on street racing, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lapd-task-force-aims-to-put-the-brakes-on-street-racing/

Multi-Vehicle Crash on 101 Freeway Injures Several

big rig crash I5 californiaDowntown Los Angeles was the site of another serious accident when several vehicles collided on the southbound 101, near North Broadway. The multi-vehicle crash involved as many as six vehicles, including an 18-wheeler and, according to early reports, an Uber or Lyft rideshare carrying passengers. The violent freeway accident took place around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, when fire fighters and emergency responders rushed to the scene.

According to California Highway Patrol, if it weren’t for the giant water barrels strewn along the highway – which buffered the impacts — the accident could have proved much more damaging. As it was, at least three injured victims were rescued from the wreckage and taken to local hospitals. Fire fighters extinguished flames that ignited in two of the vehicles, while another vehicle was partially demolished after being shoved onto an embankment.

Details on the crash and accident injuries have yet to be confirmed as authorities begin investigating possible causes. The crash halted all traffic on the southbound 101 for at least two hours as emergency personnel worked to help victims and clear the lanes.

The crash raises issues of legal repercussions facing ridesharing drivers for Uber and Lyft who are carrying passengers at the time of an accident.

Can ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber be held liable for their driver’s actions if they contribute to an accident?  The short answer is yes. People who are injured during a Lyft or Uber trip can recover compensation under various circumstances.

Liability issues with a Lyft or Uber accident

Both Lyft and Uber have insurance for auto accidents that covers damages up to $1 million dollars. This policy goes into effect when a ridesharing passenger is harmed because of the negligence or wrongdoing of the driver. In addition, both companies provide uninsured/underinsured coverage that kicks in when an accident is caused by a negligent driver without sufficient auto insurance. While this seems encouraging, it is not uncommon for popular ridesharing companies to dodge responsibility, especially in cases involving multiple vehicles, as was the case this past Saturday.

Uber and Lyft conduct background checks before hiring drivers, but this is no guarantee of passenger safety.  Even when evidence of reckless or distracted driving is clear-cut, insurance companies work hard to avoid costly payouts.

Taking on deep-pocketed rideshare companies is no easy task, but with the skill of an experienced car accident lawyer at Ellis Injury Law, victims stand a much better chance of recovering fair compensation after an Uber or Lyft accident. Monetary damages may help cover the cost of medical and hospital bills, lost income during recovery and even counseling for emotional suffering.

Ridesharing accidents are complicated to navigate on your own. Our award-winning car accident attorneys in L.A. are dedicated to client success, and consistently deliver favorable settlements and verdicts. Schedule a free consultation by calling 1-800-INJURED.

 Additional Resources:

  1. ABC News 7, 3 hospitalized in violent multi-vehicle crash in downtown LA http://abc7.com/3-hospitalized-in-violent-multi-vehicle-crash-in-dtla/3027990/
  2. Time, My Uber Got Into a Wreck. Can I Sue? http://time.com/money/4851877/my-uber-got-into-a-wreck-can-i-sue/
  3. Fortune, Here’s what happens when you get in an Uber crash http://fortune.com/2015/10/13/uber-crash-insurance/

Andrew Ellis Earns Prestigious 2018 Super Lawyers® Honor

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Ellis Injury Law is pleased to announce that Andrew Ellis has been given the great distinction of  Super Lawyers® for 2018.

Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers from across the country in more than 70 practice areas. Less than 5 percent of a state’s lawyers are granted this high honor.

Ellis Injury Law Firm enjoys nationwide notoriety

A profile of Andy Ellis will be published in Super Lawyers Magazine, as well as the February edition of Los Angeles Magazine. The Super Lawyers list is distributed to attorneys in the state, as well as ABA-accredited law school libraries for reference. A special section also appears in select city and regional magazines, and newspapers across the country.

Super Lawyers® nominating process

All candidates undergo a rigorous, four-step nominating process:

  1. First, a lawyer must be nominated by a peer or colleague who is from the same state and who has personally observed the attorney in action. From there, the attorney-led research team examines the nominee’s credentials, professional competence, certifications, and honors.
  2. Next, the research department evaluates each lawyer based on verdicts and settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses or certificates, ranking within the law firm, bar experience, pro bono and community service work, scholarly lectures and articles, educational background, and outstanding achievements.
  3. Thirdly, there is “the blue ribbon review” — a peer evaluation by practice area. Candidates in each practice area with the highest points accumulated thus far rate other candidates from their practice areas on a scale of 1-5.
  4. In the final selection process, those with the highest points from each category are selected, regardless of what size law firm they come from. Before publishing, each candidate’s standing with the local licensing authority is verified. Internet searches are performed to ensure there are no pressing issues tarnishing a candidate’s reputation. Each lawyer is contacted to verify the accuracy of the information set to be published.

Client satisfaction is the best reward of all

While we are elated that Andy Ellis has earned due recognition for his work, our most rewarding achievements continue to be outstanding results we get for our clients. Nothing beats being able to bring some measure of closure and peace of mind to our clients and their families. Living with injury, disability, or loss are some of life’s most difficult challenges. It is always humbling when strangers open up to us in their darkest hour to elicit our help and expertise. Their trust and confidence is never taken for granted. We look forward to reaching out to more Southern Californians affected by personal injuries, and helping them achieve justice.

If you have been injured and have questions about your legal rights, please call us today for a free, no-obligation, confidential case review. Ellis Injury Law charges no fees unless we win money for you!

Additional “Super Lawyers® 2018” Resources:

  1. Super Lawyers – About, https://www.superlawyers.com/about.html
  2. Super Lawyers – Top Lists, https://www.superlawyers.com/about.html

Tesla Autopilot Crash Raises Concerns About Self-Driving Cars

cockpit of autonomous car. a vehicle running self driving mode and a woman driver reading book.A Tesla Model S with the company’s Autopilot system rear-ended a fire truck on the 405 near Culver City, California on January 22, causing severe damage to the Tesla. The Culver City Fire Department indicated that the Tesla was traveling at 65 mph on impact.

The accident raises questions about the safety of auto pilot and self-driving cars. While there were no injuries, the fire fighters noted that there might have been, had anyone been in the back of their truck, which had been called to the scene of a motorcycle accident.

Tesla’s Autopilot vehicles are not self-driving, but they do automate some functions. They can, for example, change speed according to traffic patterns and obstacles, and keep a car in its lane or change lanes.

Tesla’s models are also designed to warn drivers who take their hands off the wheel, and even to shut down if hands-free driving occurs.

Driver-Operated or Self-Operated? Tesla Liability Issues Raised

Tesla’s Autopilot vehicles are a half-way step between a car whose driver is making all the decisions, and a self-driving vehicle.

Was the Autopilot feature responsible for the accident? It isn’t yet known what caused the crash. Officials from the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) plan to investigate the causes of the accident, focusing on both driver and car.

Previous NTSB investigations of similar accidents, however, have often determined that multiple factors were at fault. In some, despite the presence of Autopilot, it has not been found to have contributed.

But as more autonomous cars become more frequent on the nation’s roads, drivers and car manufacturers may see shifts in their potential liability for accidents.

Why? Because clear-cut distinctions between driver responsibility and manufacturer responsibility are growing more complicated.

Who Is Responsible for a Crash? Car or Driver?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Society of Automotive Engineers have developed six levels of automated driving, from 0 to 5. At the first three levels, the driver is in control of the car.  But at the last three, the car and its systems are increasingly in control.

Does the future hold the potential for cases where accidents occur and the car is at fault, rather than the driver? Yes, according to experts, if self-driving cars at levels 3, 4, and 5 are approved to hit the roads.

If that occurs, it’s possible that manufacturers and other parties involved in the development, manufacture, and even sale of the car could be liable for accidents. Dealerships are sometimes responsible for transmitting educational materials from the manufacturer to the buyer.

It’s a long way between here and there in Los Angeles and around the country, as self-driving vehicles are not yet fully regulated. But the future is drawing closer, and it will likely happen in California first, given our state’s leadership in autonomous vehicles.

Have Self-Driving Cars Been Fully Vetted for Safety?

Many Americans are concerned about the safety of autonomous vehicles. To those who hear about accidents such as the one on January 22, the safety of self-driving cars seems far less than fully assured.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a car crash in Los Angeles caused by an autopilot car or any other type of vehicle, let us help. We have 20 years of experience in car accident litigation, and a 99% success rate for our clients.

Contact a seasoned Los Angeles auto accident lawyer today at 1-800-INJURED for a complimentary discussion about your case.

Additional “Self Driving Cars and Crash Liability” Resources:

  1. Cassidy, Megan. “Who is liable if a self-driving car crashes? Tesla mishap raises issues.” USAToday. April 3, 2017. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/04/03/tesla-mishap-raises-issues-self-driving-liability/99880620/
  2. Dave, Paresh. “Tesla’s ‘autopilot mode’ puts it at risk for liability in crashes.” Los Angeles Times. July 6, 2016. http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-tesla-liabilty-20160705-snap-story.html
  3. Ferris, Robert and Lora Kolodny. “Feds to investigate Tesla crash driver blamed on Autopilot.” CNBC. January 23, 2018. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/23/tesla-on-autopilot-crashes-into-fire-truck-on-california-freeway.html

Lawsuit Filed Against SoCal Edison, PG&E, City of Ventura

A group of six Ventura County residents has filed suit against the two main utility companies and the city of Ventura, claiming they are responsible for damage caused by the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire ever recorded in California history. The fire began in the hills above Thomas Aquinas College on December 4, and an official cause has yet to be determined. It gutted more than 1,000 homes and buildings and contributed to the deaths of two people, including a firefighter.

Wildfire Allegedly “Not an ‘Act of God’”

The litigants, each of whom suffered property losses, contend that the blaze started with sparks from Edison’s power lines or electrical infrastructure.

“The fires were not an ‘Act of God’ but were caused by the intentional, negligent and wrongful conduct of SCE and other defendants,” according to the complaint filed. The case is Vitullo v. Southern California Edison, B688977, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County.

The residents maintain that the utility was negligent because the company either did construction “in an unsafe manner which ignited vegetation” or failed to maintain overhead electric and communications facilities. The complaint states that had the utility “acted responsibly, the Thomas Fire could have been prevented.”

Lawyers argue that some fire hydrants operated by the city of Ventura and the Casitas Municipal Water District didn’t work properly because of power outages, and the loss of power made it more challenging for rescue teams to save residents’ homes.

Past cases support new Thomas fire allegations

Among the claims in the suit is one under the California law of “inverse condemnation” that could hold companies responsible for damages, even if they aren’t found negligent. PG&E Corp. is fighting similar claims in more than 100 suits filed by property owners and others affected by fires in Northern California’s wine country that burned through more than 245,000 acres last October.

Downed power lines have sparked massive California wildfires in the past, and utilities from San Diego to Northern California have been on the hook for millions of dollars. Following the 2007 Corral fire in Malibu, Southern California Edison paid  the state nearly $40 million in fines.

Legal action in the aftermath of the Southern California wildfires

For more than two decades,  Ellis Law has helped those who have suffered significant losses in Southern California’s wildfires. Our firm has the expert skill required to go head to head with the state’s biggest utility companies and other responsible parties, and we are currently reviewing potential claims from victims throughout Ventura, Los Angeles, and localities affected by the Thomas Fire.

Our team of fact-finding investigators, legal talent, and medical experts work together to build the strongest case on your behalf. From getting the necessary expert witnesses for testimony to evaluating case costs, our singular motivation is your best interest. Ellis Law collaborates with credible experts from to provide our clients with the knowledgeable testimony that is often needed to establish liability, negligence, and damages in such serious matters.

Contact Ellis Law today at 1-800-INJURED for a free consultation about your case.


Investigation Ongoing in Fatal Crash Involving Sheriff’s Vehicle

risk factors for pedestrian accidents

Law enforcement officers take an oath to protect and serve the public, but they are human and sometimes make human errors. Tragedy struck Boyle Heights last November when a sheriff’s deputy was involved in an accident that took the lives of two young brothers.

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department officials have confirmed that the deputy operating the vehicle was still in patrol training and had not turned on the siren though she was responding to a call.

Mother loses two sons in sheriff car crash

Just before 7:30 in the evening on Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7-year-old Jose Louis Hernandez and his 9-year-old brother Marcos Antonio Hernandez were walking along the sidewalk at Whittier Boulevard and Indiana Street with their mother. A sheriff’s patrol SUV responding to a gunshot call approached the intersection travelling less than 25 mph with its lights on but not its siren.

The sheriff vehicle, headed south on Indiana, hit a 1998 Honda Accord that had been headed east on Whittier. The Accord then hit a 2002 Honda Odyssey carrying seven passengers. At the same time that the Accord and Odyssey collided, the LASD SUV drove over a curb, struck the wall of a bank building, and then hit several pedestrians on the sidewalk including the young Hernandez boys and their mother, who was left critically injured.

LA deputy in training involved in crash

The LASD has not released the identity of the deputy who was driving the SUV involved in the accident. Officials did say that she had been on the job for two or three years but was currently undergoing patrol training and that her supervisor was in the passenger seat.

Accidents involving public safety vehicles have additional complications not found in many other types of crashes. California protects citizens by waiving governmental immunity for public agencies when a death or injury to person or property is caused by the negligent or wrongful act of an employee acting in the scope of employment. The employee, however, is protected from personal liability.

Securing compensation from a CA government agency

To recover monetary damages against a local government entity, a claimant must submit a claim in compliance with the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA). The CTCA contains details such as strict timelines and notice requirements. The timeline for filing a claim is only six months – this is much shorter than the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit against a private party, so there is no time to waste. If the claim is denied in whole or in part, the claimant may file a lawsuit.

If you have been injured in a traffic accident and believe it was due to the carelessness of a California municipal employee, speak with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to be sure your rights are protected.  Ellis Law has dedicated the past twenty years to helping injury victims recover against those at fault.

Call us at 1-800-INJURED to schedule a free no-obligation case review.

Read More about the Boyle Heights Sheriff Car Accident:

  1. LA Times, Sheriff’s patrol vehicle involved in fatal crash didn’t have its siren on, official says, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-sheriff-crash-boyle-heights-update-20180104-story.html
  2. California Legislative Information, California Vehicle Code 17000-17004.7, http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?division=9.&chapter=1.&lawCode=VEH&article=1.

Driver Charged with DUI, Other Charges, After Fairfax Crash with Uber

Early on New Year’s Day, at about 6 a.m., 37-year-old Michael Steward Forno of Los Angeles allegedly caused two separate accidents that left a half dozen people injured. A group of bystanders reportedly stopped Forno as he attempted to flee the scene.

Suspected DUI accident injures 6 people

Forno, who was allegedly drunk at the time, was driving a Mercedes SUV when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a Prius at 7432 Melrose Ave. and then crashing into a building.

The Prius was full of passengers and being driven as an Uber vehicle. Six people were hurt in the crash and four of those were listed in critical condition and two in serious condition. According to Sgt. Gura of the Los Angeles Police Department, one of the injuries was life-threatening. Forno is said to have wandered around after his SUV overturned and then he tried to flee the scene but onlookers stopped him until police arrived.

Driver to appear in court later in January

The Fairfax crash was reportedly not Forno’s first offense of the night. According to LAPD, he was also at fault in a hit and run acccident with no injuries near the Magic Castle, just before the Fairfax crash.

Forno was charged with a felony DUI and several other counts following the crash. If found guilty, he could face more than 14 years in state prison. He has plead not guilty, and is scheduled to reappear in court on January 17.

Who is liable for a DUI crash with Uber vehicle?

California follows a fault-based system for car accidents. In cases where a driver who causes an accident resulting in injuries is found guilty on DUI charges, there is strong evidence that they were also liable for the resulting injuries. However, not every case is clear-cut. For example, the other driver may also be partially at fault.

Another issue that can arise is the ability to collect compensation for the victims. California requires drivers to maintain liability insurance, but that does not guarantee that every driver complies with the law, or that the insurance will be adequate to cover all of the injuries. In a case like the Fairfax crash, there were four seriously injured passengers in the Prius, and mounting medical bills could deplete an insurance policy quickly.

In this type of accident, if the Uber driver bore any fault, then his or her insurance would also come into play. California and Uber both require drivers to carry insurance, but often that insurance will exclude coverage of ride-sharing activities. Uber must provide a $1,000,000 policy during active rides, but again, this amount can be depleted quickly when there are numerous serious injuries.

Consult a Los Angeles car accident attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, there may be legal recourse to help you recover. The issues and procedures can be complicated, but Ellis Injury Law is here to help.

For more than two decades, we have been helping injury victims recover against at-fault drivers and insurance companies. Contact Ellis Law today at 1-800-INJURED for a no-cost consultation.

Additional “Fairfax Uber Crash” Resources:

  1. KTLA, Alleged DUI Driver Charged in Fairfax Crash That Left 4 Uber Passengers Critically Injured New Year’s Day, http://ktla.com/2018/01/04/alleged-dui-driver-charged-in-fairfax-crash-that-left-4-uber-passengers-critically-injured-new-years-day/
  2. NBC Los Angeles, Good Samaritans Stop Suspected DUI Driver From Fleeing Scene After Crash, https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Five-Hurt-Building-Crash-Hollywood-Melrose-467537033.html

SpaceX Launch Leads to Multiple Car Pile-Up 200 Miles Away

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At about 5:30 in the evening on Friday, December 22, 2017, SpaceX blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket for its final launch of the year. The take-off from Vandenberg Air Force Base drew the attention of motorists nearly four hours away in Beaumont.

A dash cam captured the sight of the rocket shooting through the night sky, as well as the resulting multi-car collision that occurred when it distracted some drivers.

Multiple car collision due to SpaceX launch

The aerospace manufacturer Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which does business as SpaceX, is based in Hawthorne, California. On Friday’s launch, its Falcon 9 rocket carried 10 satellites into orbit for Virginia’s Iridium Communication’s mobile network.

The sight of the launch took motorists by surprise, as it lit up the evening sky and could be seen as far away as Phoenix. A dashboard camera over 200 miles away in Beaumont captured the scene on a busy highway, as drivers distracted by the sky display suddenly hit the brakes to watch. A van, however, did not slow with the rest of the traffic and smashed the rear end of a sedan and set off a chain reaction that included a third vehicle. There are no reports of injuries sustained by the motorists.

Distracted driving in California

Unfortunately auto accidents due to distractions are nothing new. Distracted driving occurs whenever a driver diverts attention to something other than driving, and leads to more than 3,000 deaths and more than 400,000 injuries nationwide each year. In one month alone in California, authorities issued more than 57,000 tickets to motorists for distracted driving.

In the most common cases, distracted driving involves a cell phone or other mobile device. In the past few years, however, many cities have enacted restrictions on billboards in general, or electronic billboards specifically, over concerns that they draw driver attention away from the roads. Studies have reliably shown that these types of attractions do impact driver attention, but research into the exact effect they have on auto accidents remains inconclusive.

Liability for distracted driving in CA

It is unclear whether SpaceX could face liability for the accidents caused by its spectacular nighttime sky display. But what is clear is that drivers have a duty to avoid distractions and keep their eyes on the road.

For those injured by distracted drivers, California law recognizes the right to compensation. A settlement can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even wrongful death expenses.

Working with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of a distracted driver in southern California, speak with a skilled auto accident attorney in Los Angeles to understand your rights.

Ellis Injury Law has spent more than two decades successfully advocating on behalf of car accident victims in Los Angeles. Contact us today at 1-800-INJURED for a free consultation.

Additional SpaceX car crash resources:

  1. ABC7, Dashcam video shows multi-car crash in Beaumont caused by SpaceX launch, http://abc7.com/video-shows-multi-car-crash-in-beaumont-caused-by-spacex-launch/2825975/
  2. Association for Psychological Science, Are Digital Billboards Dangerously Distracting?, https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/motr/are-digital-billboards-dangerously-distracting.html
  3. California Office of Traffic Safety, Distracted Driving Fact Sheet, http://test-www.ots.ca.gov/Grants/Program_Information/docs/releasetemplates/2015AprilDistractedDrivingMonthFactSheet.docx

4 Killed in Head-On Collision on the 210; Driver Going the Wrong Way

emergency vehiclesFour people were killed in a head-on collision in the early hours of Sunday, December 17, on the 210 Freeway in Lake View Terrace. The driver of one vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, was going the wrong way and struck the other vehicle, a Toyota Corolla.

Three Dead at Scene; One Died at Hospital

The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. The driver, a 30-year-old male Chatsworth resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only occupant of the Chevrolet.

The struck Toyota had two passengers, a woman 30 years of age and one 50 years of age. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, a 60-year-old woman, was taken to a nearby hospital, but died there of injuries sustained in the crash. All three women lived in Baldwin Park.

The California Highway Patrol was notified of a car going the wrong way on Foothill Boulevard, as that section of the 210 Freeway is called, about 5 minutes before a crash was reported. They were unable to make it to the scene before the crash occurred.

The accident closed lanes on the 210 for roughly 5 hours. The freeway was reopened around 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

Authorities are still investigating the crash, and have asked anyone with information concerning it to call them.

Police are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision.

Car Accident Law in Southern California

While it is premature to speculate on the causes of a crash such as this, certain facts about car accidents in California should be known by the public.

If another party is at fault for a car accident, whether because they are impaired by substances like drugs or alcohol, fail to obey rules of the road, or drive erratically or recklessly, a claim may be brought for negligence.

Personal injury claims can compensate victims for injuries, physical therapy, medical bills, loss of wages, and other factors pertaining to any injury. Wrongful death claims can compensate those close to the deceased as defined by law for pain and suffering, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and other losses, such as loss of financial support, depending on the relationship and the nature of the loss.

When You Need a Car Accident Attorney in Los Angeles

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a vehicle accident in southern California, it is always wise to discuss your case with an experienced auto accident attorney in Los Angeles.

Ellis Injury Law has been successfully litigating car accidents in Los Angeles for more than two decades. Contact us today at 1-800-INJURED for a consultation at no cost to you.

Additional “Lake View Terrace Crash” Resources:

  1. City News Service. “Four Killed in Head-On Freeway Crash in Lake View Terrace.” December 17, 2017. NBC Los Angeles. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Four-Killed-in-Head-On-Freeway-Crash-in-Lake-View-Terrace-464761143.html
  2. Edwards, Chelsea. “4 Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on 210 Fwy in Lake View Terrace; All Lanes Reopened.” December 17, 2017. ABC7 Eyewitness News. http://abc7.com/4-killed-in-wrong-way-crash-on-210-fwy-in-lake-view-terrace/2791230/

Car Slams into Apartment Complex in the Mid-Wilshire District

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Early in the morning on Sunday, December 3, 2017, a car was driven into an apartment complex near the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Ogden Drive in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles. There’s been no word yet on whether any arrests have been made, and it appears that only the driver suffered injuries. However, multiple residents have been displaced from their homes due to the damage.

Destructive car crash is still under investigation

Some reports suggest that as many as eight residents were displaced by the crash, while the Los Angeles Times says it was “about 15” people. The Red Cross stepped in to assist the displaced residents with securing temporary lodgings. None of the residents were said to have been injured. The total extent of the damage to the building is unknown.

The crash itself happened at about 3:30 in the morning on Sunday. The co-owner of the bungalow-style apartment complex, Ricardo Parral, told reporters that he thought there had been an earthquake. A neighbor informed Parral that it had been a car accident. Parral informed investigators that, when he went outside to check, he saw the driver of the car asleep at the wheel. He claims he also saw two female passengers exit the vehicle and flee the scene on foot.

Other witnesses told investigators that the driver appeared to be asleep before the crash occurred. He then reportedly woke up before the emergency responders arrived at the crash site.

At least two of the units in the complex sustained severe damage. One of the units is on the ground floor, where the car impacted the building, and the other is the unit directly above the first.

Securing compensation for property damage

It’s likely that the driver of the car will be facing substantial claims for damages. Although no one other than the driver was hurt, multiple parties sustained economic losses. The owners of the apartment complex may decide to file a lawsuit to secure compensation for the cost to rebuild the structure—along with the related expenses like cleaning up and disposing of the debris. The residents may file a claim for their own property damage, as well. Depending on the particulars of the situation, the displaced residents might also sue for lost wages, as it’s possible that they were forced to miss work due to their temporary displacement from their homes.

In cases such as these, a variety of evidence types can support the claims of the plaintiffs. Lawyers can use the driver’s medical records as proof of negligence if he was driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. The multiple eyewitness statements can also prove influential. It’s likely that the investigators will track down the identities of the two female passengers who fled the scene, and they might also offer testimony against the driver.

Ellis Law: Your personal injury trial lawyers in Los Angeles

With just one phone call to Ellis Law, you can have your own team of advocates, car accident trial lawyers, investigators, and medical consultants at your fingertips. Our collaborative approach and exhaustive process builds the strongest possible case on behalf of each client. It’s why our law firm has earned a reputation for securing multi-million dollar jury awards and settlements for personal injury victims and their families. Call 1-800-INJURED today to request your complimentary case review.

More resources:

  1. Los Angeles Times, About 15 people displaced after car plows into Mid-Wilshire apartment complex, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-crash-20171203-story.html
  2. ABC7, Driver hospitalized, 8 residents displaced after car barrels into Mid-Wilshire apartment building, http://abc7.com/traffic/driver-hospitalized-8-displaced-after-crash-in-mid-wilshire/2732060/