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Owner of car may be responsible in hit-and-run accident

A white BMW belonging to Blac Chyna was involved in an accident in Southern California on Nov. 7. Although the businesswoman was reportedly at home at the time, she may still be partially responsible.

Reportedly, the car sped down Reseda Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley and ran a stop sign before hitting a black Audi. Allegedly, the BMW also hit a fire hydrant and a pole while the Audi was knocked across several lanes of traffic. All of the passengers in the Audi were injured. Reports say that after the accident, two women got out of the BMW and into another car.

According to state law, an individual who allows someone to drive their car is responsible along with the driver if there is an accident. Furthermore, Chyna's ex-boyfriend, the rapper Tyga, is reportedly paying a number of her expenses, and this may include the car.

While it is not yet clear what caused this particular collision, car accidents may happen for a number of reasons, including driving under the influence, distracted driving, driving while fatigued and texting or talking on a cellphone. Insurance may not always offer a sufficient amount of compensation to injured victims. When this occurs, a person who has been injured may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible parties. In a case like this one, both the driver and the owner of the vehicle might be named in the suit. In a case where the driver was on the job at the time, the driver's employer might also bear responsibility. A personal injury attorney will often review accident investigation reports and other evidence when seeking compensation for the losses that the victim has sustained.

Source: International Business Times, "Blac Chyna's car involved in hit and run accident; Tyga's ex could be legally responsible," Brett Bodner, Nov. 11, 2015

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