Five people were injured in a car accident in Bellflower after a car crashed into a Norwalk transit bus with passengers on board.
According to a KABC news report, the injury collision occurred the evening of April 17, 2015.
Police say an Acura Integra was driving eastbound on Somerset Boulevard crashed into the bus going south on Woodruff Avenue.
Two people in the car were injured, including
one critically. Three people on the bus also sustained injuries.
Eyewitnesses told officials that the Acura and the Honda Civic seemed to be traveling at 60 mph, which is a high rate of speed for the surface street.
Officials are looking into whether the vehicles were racing each other or if one vehicle was chasing the other. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. No arrests or citations were reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 309 injuries involving car accidents in the city of Bellflower.
In Los Angeles County as a whole, 585 people died and 50,622 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Laws Relating to Vehicle Speed
Based on this news report, officials are still looking into whether the two cars were racing or if one was chasing another. We don’t know if road rage was a factor here. What we do know is that both vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed before crashing into the bus.
California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” Also, California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) prohibits racing on a public roadway.
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault parties can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, 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 their legal rights and best interests are protected.