Shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 53-year-old Michael Smyth, of Murrieta, was killed in a rear-end collision with a BMW in Lake Elsinore, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling southbound in the fast lane of Interstate 15 in a 1999 BMW 5 Series, 28-year-old Juan M. Moreno, of Montebello, failed to decelerate and rear-ended the 2007 Hyundai Azera Smyth was driving, the impact causing it to spin out of control and collide with a call box on the right shoulder before it rolled over. Emergency responders transported Smyth to an area hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Lake Elsinore accounted for 4 of the 164 fatalities and 198 of the 10,594 injuries motor vehicle occupants suffered in traffic collisions that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Following too closely was a primary collision factor in 3 of the crashes that resulted in death and 5,387 that caused injury in California in 2010. Rear-end collisions claimed 9 lives and injured 6,966 people that year.
After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault party liable for their loss through the civil justice system. For more information on pursuing a civil claim after a fatal auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Smyth.