The safest option when driving is to adhere as closely as possible to posted speed limits, yet some drivers still feel the need to speed at times. Perhaps a particular stretch of road entices them, or maybe the type of vehicle they are driving creates the urge to drive faster. However, California speed limits are posted for a reason, and sometimes drivers who ignore them cause car accidents. Unfortunately, this is what happened recently in Northridge.
The accident happened on a recent Saturday afternoon when a man driving a custom-built kit car was speeding on a street. A neighborhood resident said he saw the car "fly by" and subsequently heard a sound indicating the man had lost control of his vehicle, followed by a crashing sound. Los Angeles police confirm that the driver indeed lost control, veering into oncoming traffic and slamming head-on into a sedan.
The passenger in the kit car was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver suffered serious injury and eventually died. All four occupants of the sedan were injured. The driver and front passenger were taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The rear passengers, including a teenager, were seriously injured, but according to fire officials, were in stable condition. Authorities have determined that speed was the primary collision factor.
Car accidents happen every day in California, and the reality is that many of these incidents are caused by speeding. Some people may find high-speed driving fun and exhilarating, but in this case, sadly, two people have lost their lives, and four others have suffered serious injury. The survivors of this horrific event, including the surviving family of the passenger who died, have the right to pursue legal action. Although the person found responsible for the accident has died, his estate can be held accountable. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can review the case details and determine if a civil lawsuit is a viable option.