On January 9, 2016 there was a fatal car accident on the 405 Freeway in Westchester. The crash occurred around 2:00 a.m. near Howard Hughes Parkway. The Los Angeles Fire Department stated that a man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene with three others being transported to a local hospital in stable condition. Reports stated that a silver Lexus containing the four injured individuals was swerving severely before going over an embankment and crashing.
A California Highway Patrol officer explained that the Lexus had clipped a white Mazda before it started to roll over. The person who was ejected was believed to have been driving and was not wearing a seat belt. The Mazda had only cosmetic damage, and no one in the vehicle was injured.
In any type of vehicle rollover or vehicle ejection, the potential for severe injury or death increases exponentially when compared to common fender bender accidents. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that not wearing a seat belt gives you a 30 times greater chance of being ejected. The State Highway Patrol strictly enforces seat belt laws to help save lives, not just give out tickets. Any time you or a loved one gets behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle, wearing a seat belt is mandatory. The same is true for passengers. You never know when an accident might occur. Always err on the side of caution, and use a safety belt.
As one of the most respected Los Angeles car accident lawyers, David Azizi takes phone calls every day from individuals who have been injured in vehicular accidents. With a vehicle rollover, wrongful death cases are common.