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Late-evening accident in Sepulveda Pass on 405 kills motorcyclist


Automobile accidents are a fact of life in Southern California, where getting around without a motor vehicle is extremely difficult. Unfortunately, too many car accidents are the fault of drivers who operate carelessly or negligently. When people are injured or killed in such crashes, the victims or surviving family members are often left with enormous medical bills and other costs that cause economic and emotional hardship. Drivers who are responsible for such losses can be held liable for compensation.

A recent four-vehicle chain reaction crash on the San Diego Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass section northwest of Hollywood killed a motorcyclist and injured two people in other vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident began around 8:45 p.m. when the driver of a northbound Toyota Tundra lost control and collided with a second car. When a third vehicle tried to avoid debris ejected from the first collision, it struck a motorcycle, ejecting the motorcyclist from his vehicle. The 39-year-old motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene.

The CHP is continuing to investigate; one or more drivers could be cited for their part in the accident. Most accidents such as this one can be avoided if drivers observe simple precautions such as observing speed limits and not following too closely. Alert drivers can make critical decisions more easily. The results of the CHP investigation may determine whether any driver will face charges or be held liable for the fatality or injuries to the two other victims.

People who have lost loved ones in car accidents can only file a legal claim such as a wrongful death lawsuit if the accident was caused by another person's negligence. If evidence supports such a claim, the family can proceed with a suit, although it is advisable to seek legal advice before filing.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Chain-reaction crash on 405 results in motorcyclist's death," Matt Hamilton and Veronica Rocha, Jan. 14, 2015

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