Eight people including four children were injured in a Los Angeles car accident involving a van and a car. According to a City News Service report, the injury collision occurred in the northbound lanes of the 110 Freeway near Sepulveda Boulevard in Carson the morning of May 22, 2011. Firefighters freed four children who were trapped in the wreckage of the car. The children as well as four adults – two from each vehicle – were transported to a local hospital for treatment of various injuries. All are expected to survive. California Highway Patrol officials are investigating the cause of the incident.
My heart goes out to all the injured victims of this car accident. I’m relieved to hear that no one sustained life-threatening injuries. I wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 10 fatalities and 447 injuries involving car accidents in Carson. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Car Accident?
Based on this news report, it is not quite clear what led to this injury collision. There are several unanswered questions here. Who was at fault for the collision? Did one of the drivers make an unsafe lane change on the freeway? Was speed or alcohol a factor? Did distracted driving cause the accident? Was this a rear-end collision that involved one of the drivers traveling at an unsafe rate of speed? Did this accident involve a fatigued or sleepy driver? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine what occurred here and why.
Laws and Liability Issues
California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.” Also, 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.”
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for all medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims or their families would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that all negligent parties are held liable.
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