Two adults and an 8-year-old boy were hospitalized after a car accident when a work minivan collided with another vehicle. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the work minivan crashed into a four-door red sedan carrying three people in the 14200 block of Terra Bella Street in Panorama City the morning of November 28, 2014.
A 32-year-old woman who was in the same car as the child is in serious condition. She was trapped in the car and had to be rescued by firefighters. A 32-year-old man in the same car is also in serious condition. The 8-year-old boy suffered relatively minor injuries. The cause of this car accident is still under investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this car accident. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 238 fatalities and 25,079 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, 585 people died and 50,622 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it is unclear what caused this collision. It appears that this crash occurred mid-block. However, it is unclear if one of the vehicles was turning into or out of a parking lot or driveway. Did one of the drivers fail to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming vehicle? Was this a head-on crash? Was one of the drivers impaired, speeding or distracted at the time? We trust officials are looking into all possible causes in order to determine precisely who was at fault.
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault parties can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress. 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 the negligent parties are held liable. In such cases, if the at-fault driver is on the job, his or her employer can also be held accountable.