Phillip Ortiz, 52, a California Highway Patrol officer was critically injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a driver, illegally passing traffic on the right shoulder, triggered a major crash the morning of June 9, 2010. According to KTLA News, the injury crash occurred in the northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway in Culver City. Ortiz had stopped a Honda SUV and was struck by an Infiniti sedan that attempted to pass them on the right shoulder. CHP officials said Ortiz was thrown by the impact and hit the back of the SUV. Ortiz was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Four others were also taken to area hospitals. One of them sustained serious injuries.
My heart goes out to Phillip Ortiz and his family members. I truly hope that he makes it through these critical injuries and goes on to recover completely. Ortiz and his family will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were three fatalities and 267 injuries involving car accidents in Culver City. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that the driver of the Infiniti attempted to illegally pass the other vehicles by using the right shoulder. In this case, I trust officials are looking into whether the driver was impaired, distracted or simply driving recklessly at the time of the collision.
If the driver of the Infiniti is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. In such cases, injured victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
Victims or their families would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held responsible. In this particular case, since the CHP officer was on-the-job, he would be entitled to workers compensation benefits in addition to filing a claim against the at-fault driver.
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