A driver of a black Lincoln and his female passenger were killed in a Hyde Park car accident December 16, 2018. According to KTLA News, around 9:00 in the morning, the car left the road just east of Crenshaw Boulevard, and smashed into an abandoned building.
The male driver was partially ejected from the car as a result of the impact. The female passenger was fully ejected from the car, and both were pronounced dead at the scene. Because of the collapse of the structure onto the car, police believe it will “require an extended extrication to recover the bodies due to safety concerns with building collapse.”
As of right now, the cause of the accident remains unknown. Police said speeding is very common on the street but are not certain that is was caused this crash. In a crash like this, that involves no other vehicles, there are many possible causes for the police to consider such as driving while intoxicated (either alcohol or drugs), driving while texting, or even drowsy driving. It is very important that a thorough investigation is conducted to determine the cause of the accident.
From a legal point of view, the family of the female passenger should look into hiring a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer to assist them with recovering wrongful death damages. A driver of a vehicle that causes an accident is not only responsible for pedestrians or any occupants of the other vehicles but is also responsible for his/her passenger’s safety as well. Therefore, if a passenger is injured or killed in a collision, the driver will be liable for their injuries/death.
In this case, if it is determined that the driver of the car is at fault for causing this accident, the family of the female passenger will have a wrongful death claim against the driver and can seek wrongful death damages from the driver’s estate, including from the insurance company for the driver and/or owner of the Lincoln. The driver may have significant personal assets that may be able to be obtained in a wrongful death lawsuit to financially compensate the family who so unexpectedly lost their loved one. Family members can use wrongful death damages to cover costly funeral and burial expenses, medical bills associated with the accident, and even loss of earnings.
In order to obtain the highest possible wrongful death recovery for the heirs of the deceased, an experienced wrongful death attorney will need to look at the facts of the case and fully investigate the situation. At Walch Law, our Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers handle car accident wrongful death cases all over California and have obtained many amazing results on difficult cases for our clients. If you think you may have a case because you have lost a loved one in a car accident, we invite you to call our office for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer who can give you the advice you need and guide you in the right direction. Call our office today at 866-465-8792.