A car accident at a street intersection in Lancaster proved fatal for Herminia Espinoza, 57, and Megan Solano, 3, both of Lancaster. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, several others including children were also injured in this crash, which occurred the evening of May 3, 2014 at the intersection of Lancaster Boulevard and 25th Street East.
Police say a 1994 Nissan Quest carrying six people was traveling south on 25th Street East when it failed to make a complete stop at Lancaster Boulevard and failed to yield to oncoming traffic. As the Nissan crossed into Lancaster Boulevard, a 2012 Hyundai Sonata traveling east on Lancaster Boulevard broadsided the van striking its front passenger door.
Critical Injuries and Fatalities
Three of the six passengers in the Nissan were thrown out including passengers Espinoza and the toddler, Megan. The driver of the van was critically injured and the remaining children in the van suffered serious injuries. The driver of the Hyundai was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. Based on preliminary investigations, officials say none of the Nissan’s passengers seem to have been restrained by seat belts or car seats.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victims. We also wish all the injured victims the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, police say the driver of the van failed to yield the right of way at the intersection. According to California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.” If the driver of the van is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused not only to the occupants of the other vehicle, but also her own passengers.
In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. Victims and their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.