Three people were killed and four others injured in a solo vehicle rollover accident early Saturday morning on the 110 Freeway in Lincoln Heights.
According to local police reports, the accident took place at approximately 12:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the 110 connector to the 5 Freeway, where a GMC minivan lost control, swerved into a raised concrete wall on the right hand side of the road, and rolled onto its side.
The roll ejected four of the van’s seven occupants, killing 12 year old Katie Davila, 19 year old Abigail Romero, and 37 year old Abigail Estrella. The four survivors of the crash were transported to the USC Medical Center by responding paramedics. The driver of the vehicle, a 55 year old male, suffered only minor injuries and was quickly treated and released. Another 36 year old man, his 4 year old daughter and 13 year old son were treated for mild to moderate injuries and released by Saturday afternoon.
Following the crash, police closed down the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes to allow for cleanup and to investigate what may have caused the vehicle to lose control. Police have not identified the influence of alcohol as a contributing factor, though it is unclear at this time how fast the minivan may have been traveling. It also remains unclear if those on board were wearing seatbelts, given that four were thrown from the vehicle. All lanes were reopened more than three hours later, at around 3:30 a.m.
In larger vehicles like trucks and minivans, the center of gravity is much higher than cars, making them susceptible to rollovers at high speeds and during sharp turns. On the highway, it is important to slow down through transition roads which can have sudden, tight curves that are difficult to navigate safely at highway cruising speed.
Wearing a seatbelt is also essential at all times, as your seatbelt functions as a primary safety component in the event of an accident, preventing secondary collisions inside your vehicle’s cabin and keeping you in place to ensure optimal cushioning from air bags.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a rollover accident, you should seek help. Depending on the circumstances that led to your injuries, you could be entitled to compensation from those at fault to cover the cost of your damages, including hospital visits, surgeries, physical therapy, and more. You can even recover wages lost from time spent away from work, or from a loss of future earning potential, should your injuries prevent you from returning to work in the same capacity as before your accident.
At AA Accident Attorneys, we understand your legal rights after an accident, and can help you receive the full amount that you need to get back on your feet. We have over 40 years of combined experience representing accident victims just like you.
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