Santa Monica, CA (May 1, 2023) — Santa Monica Police are investigating an accident involving two vehicles that left one person dead and nine people injured. The crash occurred at 3:10 PM on Saturday at the 1000 block of the Pacific Coast Highway. According to investigators, a Kia carrying six adults and two children was traveling north on the highway and trying to make a left-hand turn into Beach Lot Four North. The Kia was then t-boned by a Toyota Camry traveling south on the highway with two occupants. The impact hit the rear passenger door of the Kia.
All occupants of both vehicles were rushed by paramedics to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. One of the passengers in the back of the Kia, who hasn’t been identified, died after suffering a major leg injury. The rest of the occupants had mostly minor injuries. In response to the crash, Santa Monica Police shut down the northbound lanes of the highway temporarily while California Highway Patrol shut down the westbound Santa Monica Freeway at Fourth Street. So far, no additional information has been released about the victims or the exact cause of the crash.
Our Hearts Go Out to the Victims of This Car Accident Near Santa Monica
The attorneys of Peerali Law offer their condolences to those who were injured or lost their lives in this tragic crash. We hope that investigators are able to determine the exact cause of the accident. If the crash was caused by negligence, the responsible party should be held accountable for their actions. Until then, we wish the victims who are injured a full recovery and the family of the deceased justice.
Determining Negligence in a Crash
In many accidents, especially those where an injury or death occurs, negligence plays a role. However, determining who the negligent party is can sometimes be difficult. In general, there are four elements that victims must show to prove that the other party was negligent. They are:
- Duty—the other party had a duty to act reasonably;
- Breach of duty—the other party breached that duty by acting in an unreasonable way;
- Causation—a breach of duty directly led to the victim’s injury; and
- Damages—the victim suffered measurable damages in the crash.
When filing an accident claim or suing for wrongful death, it is important to take these elements into account. A knowledgeable car accident attorney knows this and will examine your case from every angle to put together the full story.
Peerali Law Is Here to Help Victims of Car Accidents Like This
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a car accident near Santa Monica, whether it was this crash or one similar, our attorneys are here to listen. At Peerali Law, we treat every client as if they were family. This means being proactive when handling cases and keeping you updated every step of the way. We help good people get justice.
To schedule a free consultation, call us at 818-938-2983 or send us a message. We proudly serve California families from our firm in Los Angeles.