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Even Hollywood stuntmen can be victims on California roads

Hollywood stunt drivers can thrill us all with their death-defying speed and violent crashes on the TV and movie screens. Any fan can be in awe of the precision that must be used in performing these stunts to prevent injury to the stuntmen and to others on the set. So it defies logic that two of Hollywood's most experienced veteran stunt drivers could lose their lives in, of all things, a traffic accident.

Bob Orrison and Gary McLarty had provided fans with years of entertainment in movies such as "Animal House" and "Speed." Orrison drove the famed General Lee car featured in the "Dukes of Hazard" television series, and doubled for The Fonz in motorcycle scenes on "Happy Days." But the two were killed not far from Orrison's home when a Jeep struck their pickup truck. According to reports, the pickup with Orrison and McLarty in it was making a U-turn when the Jeep, estimated to be traveling at 55 miles per hour, broadsided the vehicle.

While lessons for other drivers can be learned from the circumstances of auto accidents, one lesson that can be taken away from this tragedy is that even the most experienced drivers who risk their lives every day in the course of their occupations can be involved in an accident. Not only would stuntmen fit into this category, but others who drive for a living such as truck drivers and bus drivers.

Anyone can be injured or even killed in an auto accident, whether due to someone else's error or their own. Whether a Hollywood legend or an everyday citizen, such incidents can be tragic for the victim and those loved ones left behind.

If you or a loved one has been involved in such a tragedy, no one can help replace the loss. But an attorney who helps car accident victims and their families in California can help you to determine whether you are entitled to any compensation from another party who caused or contributed to your loss.

Source: Sacramento Bee, "Two longtime Hollywood stuntmen killed in Rancho Cordova crash," Tony Bizjak, Oct. 13, 2014

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