LONG BEACH, CA (June 21, 2022) – A 49-year-old Compton man was killed in an accident in Long Beach according to a statement by the Long Beach Police Department.
The accident occurred Saturday, June 18, around 10:20 p.m. at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Termino Avenue.
Long Beach Police arrived at the scene to find Long Beach Fire Department personnel rendering aid to the victim. The Compton man was eventually transported to a nearby hospital where he later died of his injuries.
The 49-year-old man was traveling westbound on Ocean Avenue in a 1998 Toyota Pickup truck when he began turning left toward the southbound lanes of Termino Avenue.
A 2014 Toyota Corolla was heading eastbound on Ocean Avenue when it collided with the left-turning pickup truck.
The man driving the pickup failed to yield to the Toyota sedan, causing the collision.
The driver of the Corolla, identified as a Cerritos resident, remained on the scene and cooperated with officials during the investigation.
Anyone who might have witnessed the accident or has more information is encouraged to call Detail Detective S. Loughlin of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355.
Liability In Long Beach Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Long Beach Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the decedent in this case. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a Long Beach car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.