As drivers that travel the roadways of California are likely aware, it is always important to keep an eye out for other vehicles traveling on the road. As this blog has previously discussed, the vehicle that is most likely not to be noticed by other drivers on the road is a motorcycle.
However, as a recent accident proves, it is also important to be cognizant of cars that may be stopped in the road or on the side of the road, due to car trouble or malfunctions. If drivers do not realize these vehicles are stopped, it can lead to a serious and potentially fatal car accident.
In this case, the accident occurred in the evening. A vehicle stalled while driving down a Southern California freeway near Reseda Boulevard. Another vehicle that was coming up behind the stalled vehicle struck it from behind. Unfortunately, the auto accident killed the driver of the stalled vehicle.
When a collision of any type happens, it is important to understand whether there was a negligent driver that caused the accident. In this case, there are not any additional details known at this time, so it is unclear whether authorities will determine that the driver of the second vehicle was negligent. Nonetheless, if they do, that driver may be held liable and may have to provide compensation to the family of the accident victim.
This compensation is most often recovered by filing a personal injury lawsuit. In this case, the lawsuit would be a wrongful death lawsuit, since the victim was tragically killed. A personal injury lawsuit can be filed, if no one was killed, but individuals still suffered injuries as a result of the accident. The most common items for which injured parties and their families recover compensation include medical expenses, lost wages, funeral and other death expenses and pain and suffering.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "One Killed in Fiery Crash on 118 Freeway," Christina Cocca, July 25, 2014