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California vehicle collision kills 1, critically injures 8

The Los Angeles Police Department has reported that eight people were injured and one killed when a vehicle struck a minivan, causing it to overturn. The fatal crash happened in North Hills shortly before midnight on April 17. According to the report, the accident occurred just after an SUV driver was fleeing from a previous collision on Sepulveda Boulevard. As the SUV was traveling westbound on Parthenia Street, it struck a minivan that was heading north on Haskell Avenue and carrying a large group of people. The force of the impact caused the minivan to roll over, ejecting many of its occupants, some of whom were children.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, there were a number of individuals who were severely injured as a result of being thrown from their vehicle. An ambulance took nine people to local hospitals for treatment, eight of whom were critically injured. One of the victims later died.

A car collision can have a traumatic affect on injured victims and their families. Besides suffering physically and emotionally, injured victims may have to undergo surgeries and extensive therapy and rehabilitation, which can be quite expensive. If insurance companies fail to pay for the bills, the victims or their families might consider pursuing compensation via a personal injury lawsuit if the crash was caused by the negligence of another motorist.

An attorney representing a plaintiff in such a lawsuit can often demonstrate negligence by reviewing the police investigation report and other evidence such as eyewitness testimony. A successful lawsuit could compensate an injured victim for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other applicable damages.

Source: Northridge-Chatsworth Patch, "1 Killed, 8 Seriously Hurt in Crash Involving Alleged Hit and Run Driver", Feroze Dhanoa, April 18, 2016

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