Five people were killed in a car crash in California. Another individual suffered serious injuries in the crash. The fiery single-car crash took place along Interstate 710 in Long Beach.
Events leading up to the accident
The motor vehicle accident took place a little past 4 a.m. According to police, a car collided with an attenuator, a safety device that absorbs shocks. The vehicle then reportedly caught fire.
Authorities reported that some of the car’s occupants were ejected from the motor vehicle. Five people, two of them aged 15, passed away in the crash, and another person was hurt. The crash caused a major traffic jam throughout the southern portion of Los Angeles County.
How an attorney can help
Police may discover through their investigation that the accident happened due to driver negligence. For instance, the person driving the car might have been speeding or driving while distracted. In this situation, the surviving loved ones of the deceased passengers may choose to file wrongful death claims against the car driver (or the driver’s estate if he or she died in the crash), seeking the reimbursement of financial damages sustained in the car crash. In addition, if the injured party was a passenger, this individual may file a personal injury claim against the driver. Successfully litigated claims may lead to financial damage awards to cover documented losses stemming from the collision, including medical bills and funeral expenses. Monetary damages cannot undo the events leading to the accident, but they may help the affected parties move forward from the tragedy.