At least six people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say involved several vehicles. According to a KABC news report, the injury crash occurred on the eastbound 101 Freeway just past Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills, the morning of September 5, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials said that as many as 14 people were involved, but only six were transported to a local hospital. None of the injuries is life threatening. The investigation is ongoing.
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.
Los Angeles Crash Statistics
According to CHP’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 219 fatalities and 24,561 injuries reported as a result of Los Angeles car accidents. During the same year, 530 people died and 50,513 were injured due to car crashes countywide.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news account, there is very little information about how or why this car accident occurred. There are several unanswered questions that remain here. Which one of the drivers was at fault? What caused the collision? Was this a chain-reaction collision? Was this a rear-end crash? Did one of the drivers make an unsafe lane change? Was speed a factor? Did driver impairment, distraction or inattention lead to this crash? Was one of the drivers following too closely or tailgating? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
Rear-end accidents are often caused by drivers following too close behind another vehicle or by distracted drivers. California Vehicle Code Section 21703 states: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” California Vehicle Code Section 21704 states that the driver “shall keep the vehicle he is driving at a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear of any other motor vehicle subject to such speed restriction which is preceding it.”
In such cases, the at-fault motorist can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, past and future pain and suffering, permanent injuries, and emotional distress. 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.