Two people were injured in a Long Beach car accident, which involved roadway debris. According to a City News Service report, the injury crash occurred at the intersection of East 2nd Street and East Marina Drive, the night of August 20, 2012. Police say that the vehicle hit a large boulder that was on the roadway and overturned. Two people in the vehicle were trapped in the overturned car until they were extricated by Long Beach firefighters. They were both transported to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 27 fatalities and 1,877 injuries involving Long Beach car accidents. During the same year, there were 530 deaths and 50,153 injuries involving Los Angeles County car crashes.
Debris on the Roadway
Based on this news article, the incident occurred as the vehicle collided with debris. It is unclear as to how the large boulder got on the roadway. California law prohibits anyone from throwing or dumping debris on the highway. California Vehicle Code Section 23112 (a) states: “No person shall throw or deposit, nor shall the registered owner or the driver, if such owner is not then present in the vehicle, aid or abet in the throwing or depositing upon any highway any bottle, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, any substance likely to injure or damage traffic using the highway, or any noisome, nauseous, or offensive matter of any kind.”
Compensation for Injured Victims
In roadway debris accidents, the parties responsible for dropping the debris on the roadway can be held liable for the injuries and damages that result. In cases where the at-fault party is not found, victims can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy.
A knowledgeable Long Beach personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise victims or their families about how their auto insurance policy applies to a roadway debris accident. Victims’ families would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced accident attorney who will help them secure the compensation they rightfully deserve.