There is no real measure for the loss of a human life. We attempt to come up with equivalents through insurance proceeds, criminal penalties and civil damage awards. To families who've lost loved ones in Los Angeles traffic accidents, the numbers really never match the love and support that was suddenly, senselessly taken away.
Justice can seem hollow, even following a negligent driver's criminal conviction or an order for damages. However, California courts do their best to make things right or at least easier for accident victims and survivors.