Two people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a vehicle hit a light pole, which then fell on two passing vehicles. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the injury crash occurred the evening of March 2, 2012. Police say a 24-year-old Cabazon woman was driving east on Ramona Boulevard at Syracuse Avenue when she lost control of her car. She crashed into the center divider and then hit a city light pole. The pole fell and struck two cars that were traveling west on Ramona. A man driving one of the vehicles suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The woman driver was also injured. Officials say she was driving with a suspended license, and that her license had been suspended for DUI. Officials are now looking into whether she was also under the influence here. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this car accident. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 229 injuries involving Baldwin Park car accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured due to car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Crash
Based on this news report, the female driver lost control over her vehicle and struck the pole causing it to topple over two other cars. What caused the woman to lose control here. Was she intoxicated at the time? Was she speeding or driving recklessly? Was she fatigued, distracted or otherwise negligent?
Officials are apparently determining whether alcohol was a factor in this crash. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
Fault and Liability
If the woman is determined to have been at fault, then, she can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.