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Cerritos, CA – Two Dead in Car Accident on 605 Fwy near South St Caused by Wrong Way Driver

Cerritos, CA (February 18, 2022) – An auto accident ended in fatal injuries in the early morning hours of February 18 in Cerritos. Two people lost their lives when a wrong-way driver collided with another vehicle on the southbound 605 Freeway. 

Sources say the incident occurred near South Street when a red Hyundai Elantra stopped on the southbound shoulder and made a U-turn when it began heading north in the southbound lanes. 

The Hyundai then slammed head-on into another vehicle headed south. Both vehicles immediately caught fire. A  woman was pulled out of one of the vehicles but she died on-site. 

The driver of the second vehicle also lost their life on-site. Neither has been identified at this time. No passengers were present in either car at the time of the collision. 

Police continue to investigate why the driver decided to travel the wrong way on the freeway. The southbound side of the freeway was closed for several hours while crews worked at the scene. 

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this fatal accident in Cerritos. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims. 

Car Accidents in California

More than 400,000 vehicle accidents occur in California per year, 55,000 of which take place in Los Angeles. This number is on the rise and gets higher each year, leaving victims and their families to deal with difficult and stressful consequences. 

Victims and their family members may suffer lasting impacts from vehicle collisions. Although we hope that everyone walks away from a crash scene unscathed, this is not often the case. Vehicle collisions throughout California end the lives of over 3,200 people each year, and more than 270,000 sustain injuries. 

Unfortunately, a large percentage of these collisions are the result of driver negligence. Some forms of driver negligence include reckless driving, speeding, impaired driving, fatigued driving, and more. Driver negligence accounts for more than 94% of all car crashes in the United States every year.

When a loved one is lost due to the negligent actions of another driver, surviving family members may feel frustrated and overwhelmed. A wrongful death lawyer in California will be able to help you move forward from the aftermath of your loved one’s crash in more ways than one.  

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Cerritos

In the worst-case scenario that you are under the impression that someone you love was fatally injured in a negligently caused California traffic collision, you could be entitled to significant compensation for your losses and incurred damages that may have resulted from your loved one’s recent traffic accident. Consulting a Cerritos wrongful death attorney is your best bet in receiving full and fair compensation in order to cover things like funeral costs and outstanding medical bills. You can also collect compensation in the form of pain and suffering, among other forms. 

The Cerritos personal injury lawyers at the law offices of Jennie Levin, P.C., have an excellent track record when it comes to providing victims and their families with the best, most effective legal help available. We hold a firm belief that no one should ever have to pay for being injured by another person’s negligence and that people who cause accidents due to being careless or otherwise inattentive should be held accountable for their actions. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we will award you compensation in the form of punitive damages and loss of consortium in order for you to get your life back on track as quickly and seamlessly as possible after your accident. Call 323-951-1188 to get started on your case today. 

Note: Our writers utilized outside sources when creating this accident news post. These sources include but are not limited to local and national news reports, local and state police accident reports, and, at times, eyewitness accounts about injury accidents that happen in and around Los Angeles County.  If you locate any information that is inaccurate in this post, please contact the Law Offices of Jennie Levin as soon as possible so that we can correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove this post if requested. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information provided in this post should be considered legal or medical advice. If you have been injured in an accident, seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible. The photos used in this post were not taken at this accident scene.