Officials Suspect Fatal Los Angeles Car Accident Was Caused by Street Racing
Two people were killed and four others were injured in a Santa Fe car accident, which involved a motorcycle and a car. According to a City News Service report, the crash occurred on Carmenita Road at the 5 Freeway. The motorcycle was traveling south when it collided with the car, which was making a turn. Emergency officials pronounced the motorcyclist as well as the driver of the car died at the scene.
The motorcyclist was identified as a 32-year-old Joseph Tony Padilla of Downey. Four others were transported to an area hospital in critical condition. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Whittier police at 562-567-9200. No arrests or citations were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and the friends of Padilla and the other driver who were killed in this horrific crash. We also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and full recovery.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
One person was killed and 15 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in the city of Santa Fe Springs in 2014, according to CHP’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County as a whole, 119 fatalities and 3,673 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Fault and Liability Issues
Based on this report, it appears that the driver was in the process was making a turn when he struck the motorcyclist. However, there are still a number of questions unanswered here. Who had the right-of-way at the time of the incident? Did the vehicle or motorcyclist fail to yield the right of way to the other? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Was distracted or drowsy driving a factor in this crash? Did a dangerous roadway or intersection cause or contribute to this fatal crash? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to evaluate precisely what occurred here and why.
In such cases, the at-fault drivers could be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused. If you have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident, it is important that you secure as much evidence as possible from the scene, file a police report, obtain prompt medical attention and contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will fight to protect your rights. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.