A car accident in Los Angeles the afternoon of August 13, 2010 resulted in injuries for four people, including two LAPD officers. Fox News reports that the injury crash occurred in Koreatown on South Western Avenue, when two police cruisers were responding to call about a stolen vehicle. The collision involved four vehicles. A female officer sustained severe injuries while a male officer and two others suffered less serious injuries.
My heart goes out to the officers and the civilians involved in this collision. I wish them the very best for a speedy and full recovery. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
There were 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries involving car accidents in Los Angeles County in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In the city of Los Angeles, 268 people died and 25,588 sustained personal injuries as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it is not clear who was at fault for this injury collision. Did the police officers drive dangerously without taking public safety into consideration? Did they have their lights and sirens on? Did one of the drivers fail to yield right-of-way to the others? Did one of the drivers run a red light?
According to California Vehicle Code 21800: “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.” Running a red light is also a serious traffic violation. California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
If one of the police officers was at fault, they as well as the Los Angeles Police Department could be held liable for the accident and injuries caused. If one of the other civilian drivers caused the crash then they could be held financially responsible for the injuries caused to the officers. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a public entity in California must be filed within six months of the accident or injury. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims about their legal rights and options.
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