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Car Plows into LAX Terminal, Injuring 3

LAX airport entranceLast Sunday, LAX’s Terminal 7 was the site of a horrific accident when the driver of a Porsche accidently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, causing his vehicle to plow into the terminal’s wall. According to local police officials, the vehicle was traveling through the departures level at Los Angeles Airport’s Terminal 7 right before 5 p.m. when it unexpectedly lunged onto a pedestrian sidewalk before crashing into a utility room, located inside the terminal.

Three people were seriously injured in the LAX accident, including a 9-year-old girl, who was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after the catastrophe. The victim’s name has not been released, but Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey reports that the girl is in critical condition after suffering severe head trauma. The young victim had been waiting on the sidewalk with her family just moments before the Porsche lost control. Though still unconfirmed, LAFD Chief Armando Hogan told KTLA that the 9-year-old victim may be an airline employee’s daughter.

As veteran Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, Ellis Law understands the grief and shock felt by victims involved in this tragic accident, and offer our deepest condolences to those who were injured. We are experienced litigators of motor vehicle and personal injury actions in Southern California, and have already begun our own investigations into liability issues regarding this recent accident.

Porsche plows into LAX terminal, injuring bystanders

The 67-year-old driver of the gray Porsche and his male passenger suffered minor injuries in the accident, and were transferred to a local hospital. Sergeant Roy Ceja of the Los Angeles Police Department told the LA Times, “All indications say he probably mistook the gas pedal for the brake.” Ceja added that initial investigations suggested that the driver did not suffer from medical conditions and was not inebriated in any way at the time of the crash. LAPD confirmed they were investigating as they would any other accident and that the driver – whose name has not been released – would not be facing charges.

Shortly after the incident, a passing motorist took video that showed LAPD officials and firefighters on the scene as LAX security attempted to direct traffic away from the terminal wall. Despite the impact, the terminal structure was left intact, with most of the damage limited to the utility closet where the vehicle plowed through the stucco walls. Air travel in and out of LAX was not affected by the accident, report airport officials.

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Car accidents such as the one at LAX happen in the blink of an eye but their consequences can be life-changing. Victims may be left with permanent injuries and in need of costly surgeries and treatments. In the event that negligence was involved, our lawyers will fight to recover maximum compensation for all economic and non-economic losses. A successful personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles can ensure victims have the financial means to move on with their lives while providing for their families

To protect your legal rights in the event of serious personal injury or wrongful death, contact Ellis Law to arrange your free case evaluation by calling toll-free: 1-800-INJURED.