At around 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, a limousine traveling westbound on the San Mateo Bridge caught on fire. There were ten occupants in the vehicle, five of whom escaped. Five women were killed. Emergency responders transported four women to area hospitals to receive treatment for smoke inhalation and burns. Authorities are investigating the fire; however, they do not suspect that it was an accident.
“Whether the death of a loved one can be attributed to the negligence or the intentional act of another, the family of the victim has recourse through the criminal and the civil justice systems,” explained California wrongful death lawyer James Ballidis. “In the latter instance, the state will punish the perpetrator for breaking its laws and the family will pursue a wrongful death claim in order to obtain compensation for their loss.”
California’s traffic-related fatalities increased 2.6 percent in 2011, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791. Despite the increase, traffic deaths were at one of the lowest levels since the federal government began recording such information in 1975. Nationwide, 32,367 people were killed in traffic-related incidents that year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the five women who were killed on the San Mateo Bridge. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this limousine fire.
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