Freeway traffic and mattresses can create a dangerous combination. Late in the evening of Feb. 13, 2015, a mattress that apparently had been dropped by an unknown vehicle caused a fatal accident on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana. Four vehicles were involved in the car crash and one of the other drivers was killed.
Have you ever wondered just how common car accidents and car accident fatalities are? In 2012, there were 30,080 fatal car accidents in the U.S. There were a total of 33,651 fatalities caused by car accidents in the U.S. in 2012. The national car accident fatality rate totaled 10.7 deaths for 100,000 individuals. Additionally, car accident mortality varied by state.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are significant injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. In 2010, 2.5 emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths were attributed to traumatic brain injuries. TBIs account for approximately 30 percent of injury-related deaths and Car accidents account for nearly 15 percent of TBIs.
Auto accident damages can be extensive and a difficult consideration for families to face during a challenging time. A hit-and run-accident recently claimed the life of a woman in Los Angeles on Christmas. The 61-year old victim died at the scene of the hit-and-run accident. Family members of the woman noted that she left behind a daughter. The woman was struck by another vehicle as she stood alongside her vehicle which was parked in the shoulder of the roadway. The force of the auto accident sent the woman into nearby lanes of traffic. The hit-and-run driver fled the scene of the accident. Authorities are searching for a dark-colored pickup truck with front-end damage. Police noted that the accident investigation continues.
The torrential rains that hit Southern California last weekend caused all kinds of havoc, from power outages to mudslides to flooded streets. In addition, numerous auto accidents were attributed to the storm.
When a family member or loved one dies as the result of a fatal accident, it is always devastating. What makes it worse is when the death was preventable. When a company intentionallycuts corners to save money or negligently puts a dangerous product into the market, that company needs to be held responsible for the injuries and deaths that result.
Car accidents in California are a regular occurrence, and fatal accidents are far too common. Though sometimes the victim is at fault, oftentimes another driver is to blame, whether from reckless driving, drunk driving or another cause. When there is a fatal car crash caused by another person, the victim's family is often left wondering what they can do to be compensated for their loss. Many families choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a driver who was at fault.
California residents are involved in car accidents daily, and approximately eight Californians die as a result of a car crash every day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Oftentimes, a fatal accident can be attributed to another driver's negligence. In these tragic situations, the victims' loved ones and family members may elect to file a wrongful death cause of action.
California residents often hop into vehicles without giving much thought to the potential dangers they may encounter on the road. In fact, as many as 2.5 million people are injured in car accidents each year. Accident victims are prone to a number of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises, to more serious injuries like nerve injury, traumatic brain injuries and paralysis, to name a few. In the worst cases, the lives of innocent victims are claimed.
Death is almost always traumatic for surviving family members. The trauma and pain and suffering is compounded, however, when the death comes at the hands of another person or institution and should not have occurred in the first place. In some situations, institutional policies result in a wrongful death due to the excessive use of force or efforts to cover up a mistake. This is what recently occurred in California in an incident that has resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit.