A 15-year-old pedestrian and a school bus driver were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say, was caused by a driver attempting to evade authorities. According to a report in The Pasadena Star-News, the car accident occurred at Marengo Avenue and Front Street in Alhambra the afternoon of December 9, 2010. The driver of a 2001 Mercedes-Benz was attempting to flee from the police when he crashed into a school bus, a telephone pole and a parked car. A teenage pedestrian who was near the parked car was injured. The bus driver sustained minor injuries and the two students on the bus were unhurt. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the two victims who were injured in this car accident. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery. It is indeed fortunate that no one was killed in this accident.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), four people were killed and 40 were injured in Alhambra pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries reported involving Los Angeles County pedestrian accidents.
What Caused This Dangerous Car Accident?
The vehicle that crashed into the bus and the parked car was attempting to avoid the police. If the news account is accurate, the police attempted to pull him over initially for speeding and driving recklessly.
California law provides immunity to police departments that have adopted a “vehicle pursuit policy.” California Vehicle Code Section 17004 states: “A public agency employing peace officers that adopts and promulgates a written policy on, and provides regular and periodic training on an annual basis for, vehicular pursuits … is immune from liability for civil damages for personal injury to or death of any person or damage to property resulting from the collision of a vehicle being operated by an actual or suspected violator of the law who is being, has been, or believes he or she is being or has been, pursued in a motor vehicle by a peace officer employed by the public entity.”
Victims in car accidents involving police pursuits would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. In such cases, a knowledgeable injury lawyer will look into whether police officers followed proper procedures during the pursuit and whether pursuing the suspect was justified. If the officer is determined to have been at-fault, then the victim could file a claim against the police agency involved in the pursuit. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
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