Two young people are tragically dead following a serious car accident in Encino. California police based in Los Angeles responded to the fatal car accident, which happened in the evening of May 15. The surviving driver remained at the scene of the crash and was apparently cooperating with police at the time of this report. Given the deceased driver appears to have been at fault, criminal charges are not likely.
According to the accident report, a 25-year-old man was driving a sports car at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour around 7:15 p.m. westbound on Burbank Boulevard when the accident occurred. The man reportedly crashed his vehicle into an SUV, causing its driver minor injuries. Unfortunately, both the driver of the sports car and his 19-year-old female passenger were ejected from the vehicle, which caught fire.
Good Samaritans on the scene attempted to help free one of the two occupants who had become trapped under the car, but to no avail. Both the driver and his passenger were pronounced dead at the scene by responding medical personnel. Police have confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash, but they have yet to determine whether any other factors may have played a role.
California state law as it pertains to a fatal car accident allows victims several options. In this case, the family of the deceased passenger could choose to file a wrongful death suit against the driver’s estate in a civil court, using evidence of his alleged speeding to bolster their claim. Even though the other driver’s injuries appear to be minor, he may also be entitled to file a personal injury suit against the deceased driver’s estate in the same way.