James E. Ballidis
At about 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, September 4th, an impaired teen driver caused a fatal crash on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles. While attempting to avoid a rear-end collision, an 18-year-old driving a Smart car swerved onto the right shoulder of the southbound lanes, striking a disabled 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo. Upon impact, both vehicles burst into flames, and the Monte Carlo rolled over, killing one of the three men who had exited the car. The other two men sustained serious injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital. The teen was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and second-degree murder, explains a California personal injury lawyer.
Los Angeles County accounted for 73,561 of the fatal and injury motor vehicle traffic accidents suffered in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current data. That year, 6,959 of the collisions occurred between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. Young drivers are more prone than adults to dangerous driving behaviors, such as neglecting to wear a seat belt, speeding, and driving under the influence. Not only are motor vehicle collisions the leading cause of death for drivers between 16 and 19 years old but this age group is also four times more likely than older drivers to crash, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the accident caused by the impaired teen driver. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two men who were seriously injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this fatal crash.
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