$18 Million Dollar Los Angeles Car Accident Settlement for Monique Muñoz

On February 17, 2021, Monique Muñoz passed away in a fatal car accident when she was on her way home from work. Several news outlets covered her story and her tragic death a year ago. Muñoz was only 32 years old and was driving her Lexus on Olympic boulevard. She was waiting at the light to make a left turn onto Overland Avenue when a driver of a Lamborghini SUV crashed into Muñoz. 

The driver of the Lamborghini was speeding around 100 mph. The speed limit for the area was 35 mph. The video of the deadly accident circulated for several weeks. The accident occurred during the traffic rush time. 

When Muñoz was hit by the Lamborghini, her car was split in half, and she was declared dead at the scene. This was a very devastating moment for the Muñoz family. They never saw her daughter return home from work. The driver of the Lamborghini was hospitalized and later charged with vehicular manslaughter.  The driver of the Lamborghini later admitted to the charge, and now is sentenced to 7-9 months in juvenile camp. 

Muñoz’s family filed a lawsuit against the father of the driver of the vehicle, because the driver was underage at the time of the car accident. The driver was the son of James Khuri. Khuri was known to be a wealthy entrepreneur who lived in Beverly Hills. His son had just received his driver’s license prior to the accident. The SUV was impounded by the Beverly Hills Police Department after the accident, only to be returned two days later. 

Unfortunately, accidents happen almost every day in California. Especially in Los Angeles, car accident fatalities occur every day.  Many people recklessly drive to and from work, speeding way above the speed limit. One of the most common causes of car accident fatalities in Los Angeles are because drivers drive under the influence of drugs and / or alcohol. 

Today, a settlement agreement was reached between Muñoz and the driver of the Lamborghini. Muñoz’s family will be receiving 18.85 million dollars for their wrongful death case. A wrongful death case is brought on behalf of the deceased’s family members and is a claim for several different types of monetary damages, such as funeral expenses, burial expenses, and loss of income. For more information on wrongful death claims, contact our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys today. We understand that there is no way you could ever replace your loved one. But, a wrongful death claim allows the deceased’s family members to hold the party responsible for their reckless and / or negligent actions. 

The Muñoz family had been begging the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for weeks asking them to investigate the case and hold the responsible party accountable. Many believe that the charges weren’t filed fast enough as the family dealt with several weeks of stress trying to hold Khuri responsible for the accident.  Unfortunately, this is a very common experience, especially for those families who belong in lower income communities. 

The family experienced several different types of hurdles as they navigated through the legal process. Not only did they have to deal with the District Attorney, they also had to deal with the insurance company. Dealing with insurance companies after a car accident could be a very stressful experience. You want to make sure that you have an experienced car accident attorney who has dealt with insurance companies before to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies will always try to downplay their liability and hold other parties responsible for the accident.

Fortunately, today marks a very important day for the Muñoz family. They will be able to receive monetary recovery from the defendant. Muñoz was an only child, and her parents lost a brave and smart daughter. 

If you or a loved one have experienced any catastrophic injuries from a car accident in Los Angeles, it is very important that you have a top-rated and experienced car accident attorney on your side. A car accident attorney could make your break your entire case. It is very important to have an attorney who is experienced in holding parties responsible for their actions.

Los Angeles Car Accident Fatality Statistics

  • In 2021, more than 290 people were killed in traffic accidents. 
  • This number has increased 21% compared to 2020 
  • Other than car accidents fatalities, pedestrian fatalities (link: pedestrian accidents) rose 6% in 2021.
  • The Los Angeles Police Department estimates the number of car accident fatalities are to be much higher in 2022 as several other cars are now on the road as businesses open up.

What are common causes of car accidents in Los Angeles?

  • Speeding
  • Texting while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident where the responsible party was engaged in any of the above activities, contact our attorneys today to see how we can help you. 

What is a settlement?

When a case is filed against a party, both parties will try to negotiate settlement terms. If  terms are not agreed upon, then both parties will go to trial. Usually, parties will try to settle to prevent going to trial because going to trial could be very costly.

What should I do after a car accident?

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is very important that you take these necessary steps to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. You should:

  1. Call 911 immediately: getting medical attention is one of the most important steps you can take after a car accident
  2. Gather evidence: take pictures of the accident, along with property damage
  3. Take down any witness information 
  4. Contact an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney. You must make sure that your attorney has the adequate legal resources to represent you. 
Why hire our car accident attorneys?
  1. Our car accident attorneys have decades of experience representing victims who have been injured or killed in car accidents. 
  2. Our attorneys are well-versed in both California and Los Angeles Vehicle Codes.
  3. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not owe us anything until we win compensation in your favor.
  4. Our attorneys have strong relationships with top-rated car accident experts in Los Angeles.
  5. Our attorneys will fight to make sure that you got the compensation you deserve.
  6. Our attorneys will provide individualized attention to your car accident lawsuit. 
What are common injuries from a car accident in Los Angeles?

Other than fatalities, there are several other common injuries that could result from a car accident. These include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (link: TBI accident)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back injury
  • Head injury
  • Amputation
  • Broken bones
  • Nerve damage

We always strive to make sure that our clients get the closure they deserve. We understand that losing a loved one could be a devastating experience, especially if the circumstances of the accident were preventable. Wrongful death lawsuits provide family members the closure that they need to hold the responsible party accountable. Although money is not what families may need, large settlement amounts may deter others from driving recklessly. 

We are happy to hear that the Muñoz  family was able to get closure. This does not completely bring back Monique, but it does hold the responsible driver liable for their actions. This also is an example to others to drive safely, especially on busy streets.

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