A 54-year-old woman identified as Margarita Reyes was killed after a major wrong-way multi-vehicle crash in Compton Avenue on Wednesday night, December 9.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Compton Avenue, south of 81st Street in South Los Angeles. Reyes was riding a 2014 Nissan driven by George Ortega when a 2005 Toyota suddenly struck them. The 2005 Toyota reportedly drove into oncoming traffic for unclear reasons.
The 2005 Toyota then struck a 2015 Nissan driving northbound, which caused the 2015 Nissan to hit the side of a bus driving southbound on Compton Avenue.
Reyes was killed from the collision while Ortega was seriously injured. The driver of the 2015 Nissan and 4 of his passengers were also hurt in the crash. None of the occupants of the bus were injured. The driver of the 2005 Toyota was later identified as John Cardenas. He sustained significant injuries from the crash. Authorities had not arrested him as of the moment.
Wrong-Way Accident Investigation is Underway
The crash is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. They will attempt to determine the cause and the liability in the accident.
Every year, approximately 355 people are killed in the U.S. due to wrong-way drivers. With the average number of wrong-way collision deaths at 265, 1.34 fatalities per wrong-way deaths are calculated. These accidents are caused by various reasons, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, and driver over-fatigue.
When facing cases like this, it’s essential to have an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorney conduct an independent investigation. Attorneys have the resources that can help them prove the negligence of the liable party. They can utilize their resources to re-interview important witnesses, review relevant surveillance footage from the scene, and obtain phone and texting records of the responsible party.
Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Wrong-Way Collisions
It can be quite devastating and stressful to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal wrong-way collision.
Pending the official investigation results, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help. Attorneys can help their clients receive financial compensation for their medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering of the victim’s family, wages the decedent would have earned in their lifetime, and loss of companionship.
Attorneys can also serve as a helpful legal guide for the victims during this difficult time. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.