Christian DeOro of Arleta seriously injured in accident involving stolen U-Haul van

Posted: June 10, 2022

ARLETA, CA (June 10, 2022) – Christian DeOro, 43, of Arleta, was seriously injured in an accident when a stolen U-Haul van ran a red light according to CBS News.

The LAPD reports that two people were in a stolen U-Haul van headed westbound on Osborne Street when they ran a red light at Beachy Avenue. Christian DeOro was driving a Toyota Yaris through the intersection when he was struck by the speeding drivers in the U-Haul van.

Several witnesses rushed to DeOro’s aid, but ultimately had to be extricated with the “jaws of life” tool by emergency responders. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

DeOro’s sister told news reporters that his vehicle was pushed 50-100 feet before coming to a stop.

Police are searching for the two motorists who were in the stolen vehicle as they fled on foot after the accident.

Mr. DeOro happens to be the only caretaker for his mother, and is also the father of three children, one of whom graduated from Arleta High School the day of the accident.

The LAPD is offering a $25,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects, and should contact LAPD Traffic Detective Wade at (818) 351-6391.

Liability In Arleta 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:

  • Speeding
  • 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 An Arleta Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our well wishes to Christian DeOro and hope for a speedy recovery. Any person that may have information on the whereabouts of the suspects 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 Arleta 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 (213) 927-3700.

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