Car careens from mountain road in Glendora, California

Single-vehicle accidents with multiple injured parties generally don’t require legal action to work out liabilities and compensation for medical expenses and other items. However, this is not always the case, and car accidents of any type can result in problems with insurance company claim procedures. Incidents like the recent crash on Glendora Mountain Road involve personal injury that can result in large expenses and other needs.

The accident occurred around 12:30 in the morning on Dec. 6. Reportedly, a green Nissan Sentra fell 200 feet over the side of the road, and the four people in the car were injured. One of the individuals was able to climb from the car and up to the road to call for help. The individual was unable to provide an exact location to dispatchers. First responders directed the person to call from a 911 line, which allowed rescuers to locate the accident scene.

According to rescue workers, a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were ejected from the car and suffered from head injuries. Their conditions were serious, and they were airlifted to a nearby hospital. Since that time, their conditions have improved to moderate. The 19-year-old male driver and another 19-year-old man suffered only minor injuries, which were treated at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital. According to California Highway Patrol, the accident is still under investigation.

In any accident that involves serious injury, hospital bills and other medical expenses can mount quickly. Victims may be unable to work for a time and may suffer other losses. Even reputable insurance companies can undervalue the cost associated with an accident. Individuals should understand their needs and rights and how to push for fair compensation under an insurance policy.

Source: Glendora Patch, “Four Injured After Car Plunges Off Glendora Mtn. Road,” Aaron Castrejon, Dec. 6, 2012

Woman charged with DUI in fatal crash in California

Auto-pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries or death, because pedestrians have no protection against the force and weight of a vehicle. Those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents due to no fault of their own can seek justice by filing compensation claims against the negligent drivers. Similarly, relatives of those killed in such crashes may have a right to compensation for their losses.

A 51-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly causing the death of a pedestrian after crashing into him and driving with him stuck in the windshield of her vehicle for about two miles. The hit-and-run accident took place close to Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue in Torrance at around 11:25 p.m. on Nov. 24. After reportedly crashing into the man, the woman drove on until she was stopped by witnesses around Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street. The victim, aged 31, was apparently still embedded in the windshield after the car came to a halt. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver, a drug abuse counselor, was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, murder and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as other charges. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Dec. 17.

As well as leading to pain and suffering, auto-pedestrian accidents can also cause substantial financial loss. Victims of accidents may have to pay for medical treatment, and they may also lose wages if their injuries prevent them from going to work. Filing for compensation and negotiating for an accident settlement may enable them to meet these costs.

Source: NBC Southern California, “Drug Counselor Accused of DUI in Deadly Hit-and-Run Pleads Not Guilty,” Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard, Dec. 18, 2012