At least five people were injured, two critically, in a violent car accident in Westwood involving one vehicle and a motorcycle.
According to a KABC news report, the major injury collision occurred early morning on November 7, 2015 near the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Manning Avenue.
Police say a motorcycle T-boned a Nissan Sentra as the driver was attempting to
make a left turn on Manning Avenue.
Four people were in the Sentra. They were transported to an area hospital. The motorcyclist and one of the passengers were listed in critical condition.
Police are still looking into how fast the motorcycle was traveling. No arrests or citations have been reported. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this car crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 235 fatalities and 24,789 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in the city of Los Angeles.
Of those, 46 deaths and 1,714 injuries were caused by motorcycle accidents. Countywide, 585 people died and 50,917 were injured due to traffic accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Sentra was making a left turn at the intersection when he struck the oncoming motorcyclist.
However, investigators are looking into reports that the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed. Under the law, motorists are required to yield to oncoming traffic before making a left-turn or U-turn.
California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “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.”
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 the negligent parties are held liable.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.