When determining fault in a fatal accident, the manner in which the collision occurred is very important to investigators. Head-on collisions, for example, could be the fault of either party. Rear-end car accidents, however, are usually deemed to be the fault of the rear car, as they are responsible for leaving enough following distance between them and the car ahead. When a rear-end collision occurs, then, investigators often place the blame on the driver of the rear vehicle, as they are assumed to have failed to leave enough following distance to effect an emergency stop.
That may have been the case in a recent car accident in Diamond Bar that resulted in the death of a woman. The collision occurred during the morning hours of Sept. 21, on the 60 Freeway. The accident occurred in the High-Occupancy Vehicle lane. The victim's vehicle, which was carrying three passengers, decreased its speed for an unknown reason. The vehicle was then struck from behind at a high rate of speed. The vehicle struck the center divider and skidded 60 yards down the road.
The rear vehicle exited the freeway to dial 911. Initially, the accident was deemed a hit-and-run, until authorities realized the other driver had not fled the scene.
Three of the damaged vehicle's occupants were taken to UCI medical center; their condition is unknown. The fourth occupant, a Hispanic woman 25-30 years of age, was killed in the collision.
Police continue to investigate the incident. They will undoubtedly be interested to know why the lead vehicle reduced speed so suddenly, though it the information may be irrelevant; the rear car could still be found liable for failing to leave enough following distance for an emergency stop. These questions will almost certainly be answered as the investigation moves forward.
CBS Los Angeles, "Woman Killed In Crash On 60 Freeway In Diamond Bar" No Author Given, Sep. 21, 2013