Lindsay Nava, 24, of Glendora, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident the morning of July 19, 2009 after her car flipped several times on the 210 Freeway in Azusa, the Pasadena Star News reports. Nava was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla east on the freeway near Vernon Avenue when for unknown reasons, she lost control of the Toyota and veered off the roadway, California Highway Patrol officials said. The Toyota rolled over several times. Nava died at the scene of the car crash, Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials said. CHP is still investigating the cause of this fatal car accident.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Lindsay Nava for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Nava. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 249 injuries involving car accidents in Azusa. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of car crashes.

Based on the information in this newspaper report, it appears that Nava completely lost control of her car. CHP officials have not indicated that Nava was speeding, fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The question then is why did she lose control of her Toyota Corolla? Was there a mechanical malfunction or defective auto product that triggered the rollover? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway? Was there another vehicle involved–in other words, was she run off the road by someone?

Families of victims in such cases would be well advised to consult an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney, who will be able to analyze all aspects of the crash and pin down the cause of the crash. If it was in fact caused by an auto product defect, the auto maker could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused this accident, then the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death claim that seeks compensation for funeral expenses, loss of earnings, loss of companionship and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options.