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Criminal Inquiry of San Franciso Taxi Driver

June 18, 2010

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The cab driver that crashed in San Francisco this week killing the two passengers, is likely to face a criminal inquiry. Police are likely to question the cab driver Fageh Hassan Behbahani, over his failure to pull the cab over, just before the accident.

The accident occurred at about 11 on Monday morning on interstate Highway 280 when Behbahani was taking a couple of tourists from Ohio to the airport. Witnesses at the scene have reported that they saw smoke coming out of the cab just before it crashed into a freeway pillar, and burst into flames. The taxi was traveling at speeds of about 40 mph, when it crashed into a support beam. The taxi instantly caught fire. The two passengers in the car were killed instantly. Behbahani managed to crawl out off the wreckage. He was seriously injured, and rushed to the hospital too. Two deputies, who tried to pull the passengers out of the car, also suffered serious smoke inhalation injuries, and had to be rushed to the hospital.

According to Behbahani, he tried to brake while heading down the freeway off ramp, but the brakes would not work. He also tried to use the emergency brake, but that would not function either. Behbahani is likely to be questioned by San Francisco police about why he failed to stop the car when he smelled smoke in the car. He apparently told police after the crash that he smelled smoke just before the accident.

Police are likely looking at mechanical malfunctioning as a possible factor in the accident. An accident like this will require a complete criminal inquiry, including a complete mechanical investigation of the vehicle. Investigators are likely to find their job is challenging. The car has been damaged severely by the fire, and combing through the wreckage to find clues to the cause of the crash, will be challenging, although not impossible. The families of the victims here need answers to this horrific crash.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by survivors of persons who have been killed because of the carelessness or negligence of another. Wrongful death statutes exist to compensate families and survivors for their loss. There is no money in the world that can make up for the loss of a loved one, but survivors are likely to face immense financial challenges in the weeks, months and years after the loss of their loved one. If the loss involved the main breadwinner of the family, there will be the daily living and long-term expenses of the spouse and children that must be met.

Besides, California laws also allow for survivors of those killed in auto accidents to recover compensation for loss of society, companionship and affection of the loved one. Obviously in a wrongful death lawsuit, defining a claim amount for non-economic losses like loss of society or pain-and-suffering, can be challenging. It requires an expert and experienced California wrongful death attorney to determine the kind of claim amount that would be appropriate in your case.

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The Reeves Law Group is not representing any party in the matters discussed in this posting.

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