Early on the morning of March 12, 2017, at approximately 5:20 am, a Mini Cooper entered the freeway in Commerce driving the wrong direction. According to the California Highway Patrol, it then ran head-on into a van. According to KTLA, just prior to the accident, individuals had made reports of a wrong-way driver. At the time of the crash, the Highway Patrol had been on their way to the scene.
Sadly, three victims were killed in this California wrongful death accident, including the wrong-way driver and a driver and passenger of the van. The van’s driver— and passenger, a woman and man, as well as the Mini Cooper driver, a man, were all pronounced dead at the scene. According to ABC News, the two males killed were 29-year-old John Perez from Downey and 53-year-old Quanlinh Phillips from Santa Ana. Law enforcement officials did not release the identification of the female van driver, nor did they provide clarification on which person had been the driver of the Mini Cooper. Investigations are still underway as to the cause behind the wrong-way driving.
The outcome of a potential liability insurance claim depends on the result of the investigation. Depending on the circumstances, the family of the van’s driver and passenger may be able to make a wrongful death claim. A California personal injury attorney would need to investigate the facts of the case to determine potential liability claims.
At Walch Law, our California wrongful death attorneys are experienced in pursuing wrongful death claims that result from car accidents in California, including in Commerce. We aggressively pursue our clients’ claims and work hard to provide them the best possible results while guiding them through the process of making a claim and litigating a lawsuit, when necessary. We have successfully handled thousands of injury and wrongful death claims, including car accident cases, that result from another party’s negligence or unsafe actions throughout California. We collectively have over 40 years of experience assisting injured victims and their families. We also offer free consultations to the family of a wrongful death victim and we work on a contingency fee, meaning that you pay nothing unless you win.
For more information, contact us online or by telephone at 866-INJURY-2 to schedule a free consultation.