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MORE L.A. CAR, TRUCK, MOTORCYCLE, BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS RESULTING IN WRONGFUL DEATH AND SERIOUS INJURY CLAIMS

Despite Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by the year 2025, unfortunately traffic deaths and injuries have actually increased.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) just released data that up to December 25, 2021, 289 persons were killed in traffic collisions from January 1, 2021 to December 25, 2021.  That is an increase of 21% more deaths than the year before (2020) and an increase of 19% more than the year before that (2019).   You may click here to learn more about wrongful death claims and experienced wrongful death lawyers.  [As an aside, one does wonder why the LAPD was unable over a week into 2022 to provide date until the end of December 31, 2021?  Perhaps the reason is the prior years’ statistics cover this same unusual ending date and its best to compare exact time periods?]

There have been 38,680 reported deaths on U.S. roads during 2020, according to the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization.  Many of these traffic accidents result in wrongful death claims.  This is the most car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident and other motor vehicle deaths since 2007.   What is most startling about this motor vehicle wrongful death statistic is that we know that the quarantine shut-downs of the coronavirus 19  pandemic drastically reduced driving and traffic, so why would traffic accidents resulting in deaths increase?

The National Safety Council stated that this wrongful death statistic “was completely unprecedented.”  It added, “We didn’t know what was happening.”

Different possibilities for this increase in car and other motor vehicle death cases include that drivers are stressed out due to all the health, financial and other problems caused by this pandemic.  The National Safety Council opined that American drivers were releasing their anxieties and other problems, such as depression and feelings of isolation and loneliness, on the more wide-open roads that resulted from much less travel.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that passenger Hong Fei Zhang was killed in a car crash on Thursday, November 4, 2021.   This wrongful death car accident reportedly occurred around 9:30 p.m., near Milepost 29, on Interstate 40 (I-40).  Mr. Zhang was pronounced dead at the scene of this very tragic crash.  Mr. Zhang was only 77 years of age.

As a passenger in a car, regardless of fault of others, Mr. Zhang’s family would have a right to make a wrongful death claim.

Reportedly the CHP is still investigating the cause of this car crash, and anyone with information should contact the CHP or our wrongful death and personal injury law firm.  It is very easy to contact us simply by clicking on this link or calling us at 1.866 INJURY 2 or 1 866 465 8792.  Our staff also speak Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish.  We have law offices in the Valley and Beverly Hills, California.

The Traffic Collision that Killed Fidel Salvador was at 170th Street East and Lake Los Angeles Avenue, Palmdale, California

Fidel Torres Salvador was killed in a Palmdale traffic collision that according to the California Highway Patrol (also known as the CHP) occurred at approximately at 10:50 AM one week ago on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Mr. Salvador, age 50 years young, reportedly was pronounced deceased at the scene of this horrific wrongful death accident that occurred at 170th Street East and Lake Los Angeles Avenue, in Palmdale California.

Jury Finds Former Officer Derek Chauvin Guilty of Murdering George Floyd.

At about 2:10pm today, April 20, 2021, the judge in the Derek Chauvin murder trial read the jury verdict – Former Officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all 3 counts of killing George Floyd.

Chauvin was found guilty of:

We are looking for witnesses to this fatal collision causing the death of our client.  If you have any information, please contact us now.

If you witnessed the traffic collision between a Ford vehicle and the bicyclist on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at about 4am to 4:30 am, on Channel Islands Blvd., please contact us.

This collision resulted in the death of our client.  His family is grieving and truly needs the assistance of anyone who observed what happened or has any information concerning this incident.

Remember last year’s deadly Labor Day fire on the boat named Conception?  A federal grand jury finally indicted its captain, Jerry Boylan, age 67, on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter.   Of the 34 wrongful deaths, 33 were passengers; one was a member of the crew.  This disaster that occurred on September 2, 2019, during Labor Day weekend, is regarded as one of the worst maritime disasters in recent U.S. maritime history.

If convicted of this crime, Captain Boylan faces up to ten (10) years in prison for each count of seaman’s manslaughter.  However, in such multiple counts, convicted defendants have usually served much less time in prison.

Meanwhile, the boat’s owner, reportedly Glen Fritzler and his company, Truth Aquatics, have been the object of investigations by multiple government agencies that commenced shortly after the boat burned and sank.

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, DUI and manslaughter charges were filed as a result of the August 22, 2020, crash involving vehicles operated by Issac Valentino De Luna and  decedent, Ben Romayor.

Reportedly, at about 6:30 a.m., on August 22, 2020, a  2017 BMW car allegedly driven by Issac Valentino De Luna, age 20, collided head on with a 1995 Ford vehicle, driven by Ben Romayor, age 68, on Harris Grade Road, south of Burton Mesa Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kelly Valdez.   This was an alcohol involved vehicle crash that resulted in the wrongful death of vehicle operator, Ben Romayor.

The other driver, Issac Valentino De Luna, from Lompoc, was charged with DUI and manslaughter charges, that is driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury or death to another, and driving while having a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more, causing injury or death to another, according to Santa Barbara County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mag Nicola.

Motorcycle accident collisions often result in the most serious or catastrophic injuries, sometimes even wrongful death as occurred at about 3:20 pm, Monday, October 12, 2020, when motorcyclist Arthur Maloles was involved in a collision with a SUV in Torrance California.

On Tuesday, authorities from the Coroner’s office and the Torrance Police Department identified the deceased motorcyclist as Arthur Maloles, age 44, of Winnetka, California.  Mr. Maloles apparently died at the scene of the collision, located at Hawthorne and Lomita Boulevards, in Torrance.

It was reported that Mr. Maloles was travelling on a motorcycle northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, near Lomita Boulevard, when a Ford Escape vehicle, allegedly traveling southbound on Hawthorne Boulevard made a left turn in front of Mr. Maloles, causing Mr. Maloles and the motorcycle he was operating to collide with the Ford Escape vehicle, according to Sgt. Alexander Martinez of the Torrance Police Department.

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Celebrity Tattoo Artist Enters Plea for DUI Crash That Killed YouTube Star

Earlier this year, celebrity tattoo artist Daniel Joseph Silva caused a deadly crash after driving under the influence. Silva, known for his appearance on the reality T.V. show “Ink Master,” was driving his McLaren at high speeds when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle flew off the road and crashed into a stop sign.

The passenger in the car was 25-year-old YouTube star Corey La Barrie. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. Because Silva was under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred, he faced criminal charges for La Barrie’s death. KTLA News reported that Silva entered a no contest plea “to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter…[and] no faces up to four years in prison…”

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