According to a report by CBS Los Angeles, around 11:40 p.m. on February 14, a dropped mattress triggered a fatal crash involving four vehicles on the 55 Freeway in south Orange County.
The tragic sequence of events started when a 53-year-old female driving a 1982 Toyota Celica struck a mattress in the left lane then collided into the center divider before coming to rest sideways. A 19-year-old male failed to stop his 2006 Ford Freestar van in time, striking the Celica on the driver’s side and pushing it into the path of a 1999 Toyota sedan which, in turn, rear-ended the vehicle. The Celica was struck a third and final time head-on by a 1995 Honda after it was spun around by the van.
The driver of the Celica was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Freestar fled the crash site on foot but was later arrested at his home by California Highway Patrol officers on suspicion of drunken driving. Two other people sustained minor injuries, and were transported to a nearby medical center.
When it comes to multi-vehicle accidents on a freeway, victims and their loved ones often face great difficulty getting full and fair compensation for their losses because liability is not so clearly established in such cases. There may be a single responsible party, or multiple parties may be held liable, each with their own assigned proportion of fault. Only an experienced car crash attorney can parse out the details and clarify the facts in order to reach a fair evaluation.
If you or a loved one has suffered considerable damages in an auto accident, contact Kahn Roven today for reliable legal counsel. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.