A police officer was injured in a Long Beach car accident involving a collision between a civilian vehicle and a patrol car. According to a news article in The Press Telegram, the car accident occurred at the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and 28th Street, the evening of April 30, 2012. Officials say a westbound civilian car was attempting a left turn when the two cars collided. The Long Beach police officer suffered moderate injuries, while the other driver was uninjured. It is unclear what caused the crash or if the driver will be cited for the collision.
My thoughts and prayers are with the officer who was injured in this Los Angeles car accident. I wish the victim the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 28 people were killed and 1,629 were injured in Long Beach car accidents. During that same year, there were 554 fatalities and 50,817 injuries reported as a result of Los Angeles County car accidents.
What Caused This Accident?
Based on this news report, the civilian driver was attempting a left turn prior to the collision. Did the motorist fail to yield the right-of-way to the patrol car? California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Those who are injured while on the job may find it in their best interests to discuss their case with an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer who can help explain all of the legal options available to them. In cases involving negligent car drivers, for example, compensation may be available through both workers compensation benefits as well as through a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.