A car accident in Los Angeles caused injuries to three people the morning of September 11, 2010. The Daily Breeze reports that the injury crash happened near the intersection of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Dianthus Street in the city of Manhattan Beach. A delivery truck and another vehicle were involved in the collision. Officials are looking into what caused this crash.
My heart goes out to all of the injured victims. I wish them all a speedy and full recovery. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
There were 667 deaths and 52,229 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in Los Angeles County, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Manhattan Beach, two people were killed and 116 people were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Car Accident Laws
Based on this news report, it is not clear why this accident occurred or who was at fault. Vehicles turning onto Manhattan Beach Boulevard from Dianthus Street have a stop sign but the vehicles on Manhattan Beach Boulevard do not have to stop. It is not clear whether one of the vehicles ran the stop sign at the intersection.
California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution. According to California Vehicle Code section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
In such cases, at-fault drivers could be held financially liable for injuries caused. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous or defective roadway might have caused or contributed to this crash. If that was the case, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
Residents near this intersection have suggested that there should be a traffic signal at this busy intersection. Are there any intersections in your neighborhood that require additional safety features?
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