October 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- It was supposed to be a fun outing on one of the last nights before the start of the school year. Two carloads of friends were heading to Black Star Canyon to hang out. However, in just seconds, one girl was dead and the other six people in the two cars were injured, some seriously. Their lives and those of their loved ones would be changed forever due to the experience of a deadly motor vehicle accident
. A fatal combination of factors led to the tragic loss of life in one of two single-car accidents happening just moments apart and mere yards from each other in the early morning hours of a September day.
How it happened
According to a news report of the events leading to the accidents, there were two cars, one following the other, heading eastbound on East Santiago Canyon Road toward Silverado Canyon Road. Both cars were speeding at the time. The driver of the lead car apparently saw a deer and braked. The driver of the second car also braked, but then lost control. The car became airborne, and one of the passengers
, a teenage girl who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. As the driver of the first car turned to check on the second car, he crashed into a ditch.
The young woman, whose age was listed as 16 in some accounts and 17 in others, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other six people in the two cars were all injured to some degree and taken to the hospital. According to nbclosangeles.com, beer cans were found at the scene. The 19-year-old driver of the second car, who sustained major injuries, will be charged with felony DUI and felony vehicular manslaughter. Friends of the deceased say she was not supposed to be in the vehicle; she had attempted to call someone else for a ride home, but her cellphone's battery was not working.
Grief counselors were available at the high school where the girl was a rising junior. It is the same high school that lost four students to a horrific car accident in May.
The young man driving under the influence and speeding were both factors in the crash. Speeding reduces the amount of time a driver has to react, so when an animal appears on the road, there is less time for the driver to consider how to respond. In addition, alcohol also slows reaction times and can impact decisionmaking. A motorist driving the posted speed limit may have made a more reasonable choice upon spotting a deer on or near the road, particularly if alcohol is not involved.
Although it is impossible to know if the outcome would have been different if the girl had been wearing a seat belt, research suggests that the use of a seat belt might have saved her life. According to the Centers for Disease Control, seat belts reduce serious injuries and deaths related to car crashes by about 50 percent.
If you have been injured in an accident by the negligence of another driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering. Contact an attorney to discuss the circumstances of your accident and learn more about your rights under the law.
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