A recent speed-related accident along Sherman Way in Sun Valley resulted in one passenger suffering fatal injuries and another being hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver responsible for the crash left the scene and is still evading police. Speed was a factor in the crash, which was captured on a nearby surveillance camera. Learn about the accident below, and contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney if you have additional questions.
Accident injures two, one fatally
The recent local accident occurred in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 7. A Nissan Murano traveling at what police described as “substantial speed” collided with three parked cars along the 11000 block of Sherman Way in Sun Valley. One 23-year-old man who was riding as a passenger in the vehicle was ejected in the crash and declared dead at the scene. Another passenger, a 37-year-old woman, was also injured in the crash and taken to the hospital with significant injuries.
The accident was captured on a security camera, which also showed two others fleeing from the car after the crash, one of whom is believed to have been the driver. The owner of the repair shop whose security camera captured the crash explained that speed is a persistent problem on the street where the crash occurred. “A lot of cars fly through here. It happens quite often. Something has to be done.”
Speed a lethal force on Southern California roads
Driving over the speed limit is such a regular practice on Southern California roads that a driver traveling at or below the posted speed limit is the outlier, and not the speeder. However, it’s important to remember all the risks that driving at a high rate of speed can bring. Speeding drivers are less able to control their vehicles, making crashes more likely to occur. Speeding multiplies the force of impact of a crash, also resulting in passenger safety protections becoming less effective. Additionally, speeding drivers have less time to react to changing conditions or stopped cars in the road ahead and also need more time to bring their vehicle to a stop. In fact, research shows that speeding and drunk driving are responsible for equal shares of fatal accidents in the US each year.
If you’ve been injured by a speeding driver in a Southern California crash, find out if you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries by contacting the seasoned and dedicated Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Custodio & Dubey LLP for a free consultation at (213) 632-5647.