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April 2016 Archives

Car fleeing crash scene hits another vehicle leaving one dead

People under stress often make poor decisions. A recent car accident in the North Hills section of Los Angeles shows how decision-making under stress can compound a dangerous situation and lead to tragic consequences. A driver's decision to flee from the scene of a minor collision appears to have resulted in a far more serious accident in which one person was killed and eight others injured.

Alcohol blamed in fatal big rig, car crash on I-5

Alcohol is often the root cause of serious car and truck collisions. In a recent incident, an intoxicated big rig driver appears to have lost control of his flatbed semi-tractor trailer and collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction. While the investigation of the collision is not complete, the chain of events underlying the truck crash seems clear.

Road rage leads to death and questions of liability

The complex freeway system in the Los Angeles area frequently leads to multi-vehicle collisions in which the determination of liability can be difficult. California uses the concept of comparative negligence to assign liability if more than one person is potentially at fault for an accident. A recent case of road rage on Interstate No. 5 that caused a fatal auto accident shows how tangled these questions can become.

Owner of car may be liable even if another person was driving

Allowing a family member to drive the family car is a common occurrence in California. So is permitting a friend to borrow a car. What happens if the car is involved in an accident? And who is liable for damages if the driver of the borrowed car is responsible for the accident? A recent lawsuit filed in Los Angeles against film star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson raises these questions in connection with a car accident that occurred in February 2015.

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