In the United States, over 3 million people are injured or disabled in car accidents every year. These injuries can range from minor to very severe injuries. No matter the severity of the injury, the healing process after an accident can be painful and expensive. If you have been injured in a car accident because of the actions of another, you may be able to make a personal injury claim to help get financial compensation for your injuries. These are five common car accident injuries for which you may be able to make a personal injury claim: Continue Reading
A street race on Mead Valley roads led to a tragic crash injuring a father and killing his two young sons. The wrongful death car accident occurred when two vehicles were racing side-by-side and one of the racing vehicles hit the family’s car.
According to ABC News, the father and his sons were driving westbound around 5:40 p.m. The racing cars, a Honda and Nissan Ultima, were traveling east bound. As they reached the top of a hill, the driver of the Honda allegedly saw the family, “but apparently didn’t have time to react and slammed into the vehicle head-on.” The father and his sons were rushed to the hospital, but the two boys, ages 6 and 8, passed away. Continue Reading
A young girl from Mission Hills High School in Escondido, Lauren Wolford, tragically died after she was hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk. According to NBC News, Lauren Wolford, a Senior, was walking to school for dance practice around 11 a.m. on a Saturday. Just blocks from the high school campus, a black BMW left the road and hit her. An employee from the school was the first to respond, however, Lauren was pronounced dead at the scene.
Classmates and teachers have set up a memorial near the crash site, mourning the loss of the teen just weeks away from graduation. The school district released the following statement as the students returned to school after the accident: “There are many, many broken-hearted people at Mission Hills High School today, We will embrace our students as they come and help them get through all the emotion that will be confusing and frightening.” Continue Reading
A car accident at 108th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard in Inglewood, across from the fire station, has resulted in the deaths of two people, and serious injuries of another. Around 9:25 a.m., on May 10, 2018, a fire fighter working at the station heard the crash and rushed to help. Both cars ignited, engulfing the vehicles in flames.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported that “the firefighter and passersby pulled two people from one of the cars,” but both died at the scene. The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries. The accident is under investigation, but reports from the scene suggest that high speeds may have contributed to the accident—the cars ended up 200 feet away from each other after the initial impact. Continue Reading
According to the Los Angeles Times, a worker died at a Lake Forest construction site while working for Empire Grading on a grading project for tract homes. The worker was killed when a 17-foot-deep trench collapsed.
The accident is still currently under investigation—it is not clear whether the worker fell into the trench or if he was working as a spotter in the trench at the time of the collapse. The fire department arrived at the scene and used an industrial vacuum and buckets to remove to collapsed dirt and find the body.
When a person is killed while working, their family may be able to make a worker’s compensation claim. Most workers are covered by workers compensation for on the job injuries, and if an injury causes death, like in this case, the family members of the person who died may be able to get certain applicable benefits. These benefits provide compensation for surviving dependents when the work injury causes death. Continue Reading
A 24-year-old Costa Mesa woman, Kimberly Martin, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, after causing a crash involving two other vehicles. According to ABC 7 News, the crash occurred just before 12:30 a.m.
Witnesses say Martin ran a red light and collided with a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Tustin resident, Enrique Marquez. Marquez’s vehicle was sent careening into a third vehicle. Tragically, Marquez died at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle was sent to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Though the details of the crash are still under investigation, it is believed that Ms. Martin was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Continue Reading
Last month, an E. Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce occurred across the nation. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 120 people have gotten sick in 25 different states. NBC News reported that “at least 52 people have been hospitalized, including 14 with kidney failure, which is an unusually high number of hospitalizations.” Sadly, the first death caused by the E. coli contaminated lettuce was also reported last week in California.
The contaminated lettuce has been traced back to lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. Yuma, Arizona reportedly provides most of the romaine lettuce for the United States during the winter months. While their growing season ended at the beginning of April, and likely no one is eating the contaminated lettuce now, the number of cases could still rise as people recognize and report their illnesses as E. coli poisoning. Continue Reading
A major Los Angeles truck accident occurred earlier this week on Sepulveda Pass on the 405 Freeway. The accident occurred around 2:50 p.m. causing a SigAlert and closing lanes on both sides of the freeway. The closure lasted late into the night, impacting traffic throughout Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported that the truck, loaded with concrete and gravel, struck a car and overturned on top of the car, which led to a fire. The fire ended up burning both vehicles. Three people were hurt in the collision, two of which were critically injured. Officers credit a group of witnesses for saving the victims’ lives by pulling the victims from the burning car. The two victims in critical condition were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Continue Reading
A woman visiting the beach in Newport Beach, California, was hit by a city vehicle while lying on the beach.
According to CBS Los Angeles, the woman, who has not yet been identified, was resting on a spot in the sand by the lifeguard headquarters. Around 1 p.m., a male driver drove a Newport Beach City truck, rolling over the woman in the process.
The woman was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive. It has been confirmed the truck’s tires rolled over her and she suffered injuries to her chest and her pelvis. Continue Reading
According to the Los Angeles Times, around 5 p.m. on April 17, 2018, a 52-year old man was killed after he was knocked off his bike and thrown into oncoming traffic.
Lenny Trinh, the victim of this Burbank bicycle accident wrongful death, was riding his bike in the designated bike lane when a driver of a parked car opened the door just as Mr. Trinh rode past. The collision with the door caused Mr. Trinh to fall into the street. The Burbank Police Department reported that Trinh was then hit by a pick-up truck traveling on Alameda Avenue.