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3 teenage girls injured in car accident

Speeding may be one of the quickest ways for a driver to lose control. Many southern California residents may agree with this fact. Any moment that a vehicle is out-of-control could cause a car accident resulting in a death or serious injury.

For three 14-year-old girls on their way back to the school campus from a gym class that was held in a park across the street, the day will not soon be forgotten. The girls were walking in the crosswalk after a physical education session when a black Toyota Prius came zooming down the street and plowed into the girls. According to a witness, the car ran a red light after apparently exiting from the 170 freeway before hitting the girls and another car after that.

The victims were transported to area hospitals. One of the victims is currently listed in critical condition and the other two are in serious condition, according to reports. The critical victim is reported to have a major head injury and needs the aid of a ventilator just to breathe. It is not clear if the driver of the second car was injured. The Prius driver, a 48-year-old man, claims that he could not stop because his brakes failed.

Both the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department will continue their investigation into this tragic car accident. It will take authorities some time to access the vehicle’s black box to determine if the driver’s statement is accurate. The parents of the victims are well within their rights to file personal injury claims against the driver -- and any other parties deemed responsible, possibly including the car manufacturer and others in the supply chain -- for any damages, including the current and future medical expenses of the victims. To prevail, it will first be necessary to prove the negligence of the driver and/or any other parties before a court will consider requests for specific items of monetary damages.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Three Girls Struck By Car in North Hollywood", John Cadiz Klemack and Willian Avila, June 5, 2014

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