At about 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, a collision between a Caltrans truck and a minivan killed one person and injured two others on the 10 Freeway in El Monte. While traveling westbound, the driver of the van crashed into the truck, which two contract workers were using to pick up cones at the time. The impact claimed the life of the minivan driver and caused the workers to suffer moderate injuries. Paramedics transported them to a hospital. Several lanes of the freeway were closed while authorities investigated.
“When motor vehicle collisions cause injury to those involved, an investigation is conducted to determine which party is liable,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “The at-fault driver may then be legally obligated to compensate the victims for the cost of their recovery should they choose to file a personal injury claim.”
El Monte accounted for 4 of the 390 fatalities and 519 of the 64,178 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 3,081 people lost their lives in traffic accidents that occurred in the state, continuing the trend of declining deaths due to motor vehicle collisions.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the driver of the van who was killed in the collision with the Caltrans truck. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two workers who were injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this El Monte crash.
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