Three people, including two sheriff’s deputies, were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a patrol car ran into a minivan the night of November 26, 2009. According to a CBS news report, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a call when their patrol car collided with a minivan that was making a turn at the intersection of Central Avenue and 84th Street in South Los Angeles. The impact from the collision sent the minivan crashing into an apartment complex while the squad car hit another vehicle. An unidentified man was hospitalized and is said to be in serious condition. The deputies were also injured, but in stable condition.
I sympathize with the driver of the minivan, who was apparently the most seriously injured victim of this car accident. I hope he makes it through his injuries and has a speedy and complete recovery. He will certainly be in my prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
There were 260 deaths and 27,110 injuries reported in Los Angeles as a result of car accidents in 2007, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
In this particular case, the news report states that the sheriff’s deputies were on their way responding to a call. But there are still many unanswered questions here. Did the deputies have their lights and sirens on in their patrol car? How fast was the squad car going at that intersection? Who had the right-of-way at the time? Was the deputy who was at the wheel driving recklessly or at an unsafe speed?
What Caused this Car Accident?
If I were a member of the victim’s family here, I would want to know how exactly this car accident occurred. I would also be concerned about who is conducting this investigation. I’m always skeptical about law enforcement agencies, which investigate one of their own. These types of collisions should be investigated by an outside agency, which can look at the case in a fair and objective manner.
Victims and/or their families, in such cases, would be well-advised to get in touch with a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has the experience as well as a successful track record dealing with governmental agencies and car accidents involving government employees. It is important to remember that any claim against a California government agency must be filed within six months of the accident or injury. In this case, if the deputies are determined to have been at fault, their employer — the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department — could be held liable for the other driver’s injuries, damages and loss. The best Los Angeles personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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