Van Nuys: Wrong-Way Crash on 405 Freeway Injured Family of Three
Posted on Feb 03, 2014
At about 2:23 a.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2014, a suspected DUI crash on the 405 Freeway injured a family of three and the wrong-way driver in Van Nuys. California Highway Patrol officers began pursuing a 26-year-old man from Chatsworth after they observed his Toyota Sequoia weaving through traffic at about 100 mph on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks. After transitioning onto the southbound 405 Freeway, the man made a U-turn and started driving the wrong way in the HOV lane. He crashed into a Toyota Highlander, injuring a 30-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman, and their 2-month-old girl. The mother suffered major trauma, and the father and child sustained minor injuries. The driver of the Sequoia was hospitalized with major trauma and subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI and evading a police officer causing injury, reported KTLA.com.
Throughout the state of California, traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Traveling on the wrong side of the road contributed to 146 of the fatal and 7,036 of the injury accidents; unsafe speed was a factor in 443 of the fatal and 70,653 of the injury crashes; and alcohol or drug use accounted for 602 of the fatal and 18,237 of the injury collisions. Nationwide, deaths in accidents involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent from 9,865 deaths in 2011 to 10,322 fatalities in 2012.
Motorists who harm others on the road may be held liable for the expenses related to their recoveries, such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about the personal injury claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or complete our online contact form.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the family that was injured in the wrong-way crash on the 405 Freeway.