Four people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident involving a patrol car and a van. According to a City News Service report, the injury accident occurred near 119th Street and Van Ness Avenue in Los Angeles, the night of November 21, 2011. Officials have not released information regarding how or why the vehicles collided. The two deputies in the sheriff’s cruiser and the two occupants of the van suffered injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation.
My thoughts and prayers are with the four injured victims of this Los Angeles accident. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 227 people were killed and 25,043 were injured in Los Angeles car accidents. Countywide, there were 554 fatalities and 50,817 injuries reported as a result of car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Injury Accident?
Based on this news report, authorities are still trying to determine who was responsible for the accident. This intersection is monitored by stop signs. While there are no stop signs for traffic on Van Ness Avenue, vehicles on 119th Street are required to stop. I trust investigators are looking into all possible causes of the accident. Did one of the vehicles run through the stop sign? Did the patrol car have its emergency lights and siren on? Was the officer responding to an emergency? Was either motorist distracted, inattentive or negligent in any way?
Fault and Liability
Victims of injury accidents would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the ongoing investigation to protect their legal rights and best interests. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. If the police officer driving the patrol vehicle is determined to have been at fault, he and his employer can be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental entity must be property filed within 180 days of the incident.