A multi-vehicle crash in Los Angeles on the 10 freeway near the Crenshaw Boulevard exit has killed one woman and left three others injured. The Los Angeles Times reports that the fatal car accident occurred around 4:45 a.m. on Monday, November 29, causing all westbound lanes of the freeway to be closed while the coroner’s office and the CHP investigated the scene of the crash.
While the events leading up to the collision are unknown at this time, it was reported that one of the vehicles involved in the accident became engulfed in flames. However, it is unclear whether the woman who was killed was in the burned car. One individual sustained several serious injuries and two others suffered minor injuries. According to the article, firefighters had to cut through the burned vehicle to free one of the accident victims.
Auto accidents in California are responsible for the deaths of far too many motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and others on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving was the reason almost 6,000 individuals died in 2008 and over half a million people were injured, making it one of the leading causes of auto accidents. The agency also reports Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data reflecting that nearly 20 percent of all accidents in 2008 involved some form of distraction and that drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into accidents serious enough to cause injury. In addition, the University of Utah has demonstrated that using a hand-held or hands-free cell phone while driving contributes to a delay of a driver’s reactions equal to having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
Car accident litigation involving multiple vehicles can be complex, requiring the knowledge and skill of a Los Angeles car accident lawyer with years of experience successfully handling such cases. At Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, our California personal injury attorneys are dedicated to obtaining full and just compensation for those injured and family members of those wrongfully killed by distracted and negligent drivers. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling 1-877-800-1700.