A sheriff’s deputy was injured in a car crash in Los Angeles County after his patrol vehicle was broadsided by another civilian car that ran a red light. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the injury crash occurred at the intersection of Durfee Avenue and Whittier Boulevard the afternoon of August 16, 2012. Officials say the deputy was southbound on Durfee Avenue when the civilian driver ran a red light on eastbound Whittier Boulevard and struck the patrol car broadside. The deputy suffered injuries to his neck, back and shoulder although he is expected to survive. The female driver of the other vehicle was not injured. The patrol vehicle was not traveling with lights or sirens activated.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured police officer. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 171 injuries involving Pico Rivera 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.
Red Light Violation
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the civilian vehicle ran a red light and caused this collision. 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.”
Fault and Liability
If the other driver is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the injuries and damages suffered by the police officer. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. In this case, the deputy, in addition to seeking workers compensation benefits from his employer can also file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
Victims in such cases would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, to injured victims and their families.