Actress Jamie Lee Curtis was hospitalized with injuries after a major car accident in Venice. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the “NCIS” star, was injured after the black Yukon SUV in which she was traveling crashed with a BMW at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Rose Avenue the night of August 1, 2013. Curtis’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening. However, another person who was driving the SUV suffered serious injuries and was transported to the emergency room. The investigation is ongoing.
Los Angeles Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 219 people died and 24,561 were injured as a result of Los Angeles car accidents. Also countywide, 530 fatalities and 50,153 injuries were reported due to car crashes in 2010.
What Caused This Intersection Crash?
Based on this news report, this collision occurred at a street intersection that was monitored by traffic lights. There are several unanswered questions here. Did one of the vehicles fail to yield the right-of-way at the intersection? Did one of the drivers run a red light at the intersection? Did one of the drivers make an unsafe turn? Did alcohol, drugs, speed, distraction or inattention cause or contribute to this accident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Laws and Liability Issues
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.”
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities and pain and suffering. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.