Arlette Cruz, 17, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident when the vehicle she was a passenger in rolled over multiple times. According to a CBS news report, the fatal car accident occurred on southbound 5 Freeway in Sun Valley the afternoon of February 25, 2011. California Highway Patrol officials say the 1991 Honda Accord, driven by an 18-year-old man, veered out of control and overturned multiple times. Cruz was ejected from the passenger seat and was fatally injured. Authorities are still investigating the cause of this fatal car accident.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Arlette Cruz for their tragic and sudden loss. Please keep this grieving family in your prayers.

Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 268 people were killed and 25,588 were injured in Los Angeles car accidents. During that same year, there were 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries reported as a result of Los Angeles County car accidents.

What Caused this Fatal Car Accident?

Based on this news report, it is not quite clear what caused the young driver to lose control. There are several unanswered questions here. Did drugs or alcohol play a part? Was the driver speeding or was he driving at an unsafe rate of speed given the roadway conditions? Was there an auto defect or mechanical malfunction in the Honda, which led to this car accident? Were there any other vehicles involved? Was there a dangerous roadway condition that caused or contributed to this car accident?

If I were a member of the Cruz family, I would definitely want to find out why the victim was ejected from the vehicle. Was she not wearing her seatbelt or was she ejected because of a defective seat belt? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what caused the car accident and fatal injuries.

Liability Issues

Families of deceased car accident victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that all negligent parties are held liable. If it is determined that reckless driving caused the crash, the driver could be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. If a defective auto or defective product caused the accident or fatal injuries, then the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product can also be held liable. In such cases, it would be a good idea to preserve the vehicle in its current condition, unaltered, so it can be carefully examined by an expert for product defects, malfunctions and other evidence.

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