A 23-year-old woman was killed in a car accident and many others were seriously injured when a vehicle drove over the center median and collided with a light pole. According to a news report on Patch.com, the crash occurred early morning of July 8th at the intersection of 190th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard. A driver in a 2015 Dodge Charger was heading north on Crenshaw Boulevard and drove over the median crashing into a light pole on the intersection’s southwest corner. When officers arrived, they discovered five people in the vehicle with injuries.
Fatality and Injuries
Torrance firefighters treated everyone inside the vehicle. One passenger, a 23-year-old Redondo Beach woman, died from her injuries. The driver of the Dodge Charger, a 22-year-old man from Torrance, was transported to a hospital for treatment. Two other passengers, a 22-year-old Compton woman and a 23-year-old Torrance woman, were transported to an area hospital with significant injuries. A fifth passenger, a 26-year-old Torrance man, was treated and released at the scene. Police said speed appeared to be a contributing factor in this collision. An investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased victim of this car accident. We also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time, which may have caused him to lose control of the vehicle and crash. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
In such cases, injured passengers have rights to compensation. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Family members who have lost loved ones may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.