A police officer was hospitalized with injuries in a Los Angeles motorcycle accident after he was struck in the Sun Valley area of Los Angeles by a suspected drunk driver, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The car accident occurred the night of August 2, 2009 at Saticoy Street and Lankershim Boulevard when the motorist apparently made a left turn in front of the LAPD officer’s motorcycle, Los Angeles police officials said. The officer was conscious and breathing, but complained of pain. He was hospitalized. The motorist was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
I’m glad this motorcycle officer did not suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of this DUI car accident. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him in your prayers.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 94 deaths and 2,392 injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of alcohol-related car crashes. In Los Angeles County, 268 deaths and 5,169 injuries were reported involving alcohol-related car accidents in 2007.
Based on this report, it appears that the car driver broke the law and caused this Los Angeles car accident. It is not only irresponsible and unethical to drive drunk on California streets, it is also against the law. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” The same code section also states that it is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a vehicle.
California Car Accident Laws
California Vehicle Code section 21801 (a) states the following requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
The injured victim, in this case the LAPD motorcycle officer, would be well advised to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will determine the facts of the case and hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. Here, it seems that the motorist should be held civilly and criminally responsible for the accident and injuries caused to the officer. The police officer will be able to seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and other related damages.