Around 3 pm on Sunday, March 17, 2024, a two-car crash was reported on the westbound lanes, near the Hoover Street exit of I-10 in Los Angeles. When the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) arrived they extricated one man trapped in the wreckage. Video news coverage shows the two cars involved as a silver pickup truck and what appears to be a white Tesla.  

Devastating Collision on I-10 Leaves One Man DeadThe crash caused at least five injuries and one death. The man pronounced dead at the scene has been identified as  26-year-old Jordy Martin Recinos. 

A 29-year-old woman and four boys, aged 3-months-old, 6-years-old, 7-years-old, and 10-years-old were injured in the crash. All five were transported to local medical centers in serious-to-critical condition. LAFD officials reported that one man was treated on scene and released with no injuries.

All westbound lanes on I-10 were closed for over three hours due to the crash. According to officials, the circumstances leading up to the crash are still unknown, though an investigation is underway. 

Navigating the Aftermath of a Fatal Car Crash

Losing a loved one in a fatal car crash is a devastating experience that can have lasting impacts on the surviving loved one’s emotional, mental, and financial well-being. While insurance policies provide some coverage, they often try to take advantage of victims seeking compensation and will offer settlements that don’t fully cover their losses. 

If your loved one wrongfully died in a car accident, it is best to seek the help of an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the legal system. A good wrongful death attorney will understand the laws, and know how to fight for the maximum possible compensation for your situation.

Common Causes of Fatal Crashes In Los Angeles 

In California, wrongful death is defined as death caused due to negligent actions or inactions of an individual, business, or other entity. Common causes of fatal crashes that may result in wrongful death claims include:

  • A drunk driver
  • A reckless driver (ex: speeding, ignoring traffic signals)
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Malfunction of a critical car component
  • And more

Damages Available In A Los Angeles Wrongful Death Claim

If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you may be eligible to file for compensation for wrongful death. Claims for wrongful death caused in a car accident may seek compensation for things such as:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of the deceased’s companionship
  • Loss of guidance from the deceased
  • Loss of intimacy
  • The financial loss of household services the deceased provided
  • The financial loss of the deceased’s income (if they were the primary income)
  • Loss of companionship
  • And more

While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, seeking compensation with the help of an experienced attorney can help relieve you of the financial stresses you may be facing after your loss. “I see time and time again how the aftermath of fatal car crashes burdens families with both financial hardship and emotional trauma,” says lead attorney Brett Schreiber of Singleton Schreiber, “as an attorney, it is my job to fight to uphold the rights of the victim and their family to provide some relief in their time of grief.”  

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car crash, you are not alone. Contact a skilled wrongful death lawyer, like those at Singleton Schreiber, to learn more about your options.