Most Los Angeles area residents probably heard about the recent car accident that killed five people and injured nine when a speeding car ran a red light and smashed into several vehicles.
The fatalities included two adults, a pregnant woman and an infant, while several of those who were injured were children ranging from 13 months to 15 years old. The driver of the speeding vehicle, which was a Mercedes, was a 40-year-old woman.
After running the red light, the Mercedes collided with several vehicles. Some immediately burst into flames, while others flew through the intersection, hitting other vehicles and endangering pedestrians.
Speeding and other types of negligent driving
Speeding is just one of many forms of negligent driving. Drunk driving, distracted driving, failing to obey traffic laws and aggressive driving are some other types of negligent driving.
All California drivers have a legal duty to drive reasonably and safely on the state’s many roads and highways. Negligence is established when it is proven that a driver breached this duty and caused harm or injury to others.
The short- and long-term consequences of a car accident can be severe, especially in tragic cases like this one. Victims who suffered injuries may have to undergo extensive treatment and face high medical bills, in addition to mental and psychological damage.
Establishing negligence can be tricky
Victims of car accidents that are caused by other drivers may receive compensation for their losses by proving negligence. This is challenging and depends on the unique facts of each case.
There are many different factors that are examined when determining negligence. One is if the victim bears any fault for the accident, which could reduce the amount of compensation recovered.
Having proper advice and guidance after a car accident is crucial. Personal injury attorneys know how to analyze situations and provide you with the best options.