Eight people, including two Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies, were injured in a Los Angeles car accident involving six vehicles outside the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, California. According to a CBS New report, two sheriff’s deputies in a patrol car were heading south on White Avenue the morning of September 12, 2009 when their car collided with a red Honda Civic traveling in the same direction. The patrol car then veered into stopped vehicles waiting to enter the fair, Pomona police officials said. The deputies were airlifted to an area hospital. Six other were also taken to local hospitals with injuries.
My heart goes out to all the injured victims who were hurt in this California car accident. I wish them all the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three deaths and 156 injuries involving car accidents in Pomona, California. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 fatalities and 56,475 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
Based on this news report, it is not clear how or why the sheriff’s patrol vehicle crashed into the Honda Civic. Was the deputy who was driving the car distracted by something else? Was he not paying attention to the road? Was he speeding or on his way to another call? Were the lights or sirens on at the time of the collision? Was there a mechanical problem or auto product defect, which may have caused the patrol vehicle to go out of control? The answers to these questions will help determine whether there was any negligence on the part of the deputy driving the patrol car.
Car Accident Liability Issues
In car accident cases where government officials are determined to have been at fault, their employer (the government agency) could be held liable for injuries, damages or loss caused by the accident. Victims in such cases could seek damages for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, medication and even long-term care, if that becomes necessary.
In cases where significant injury or death has occurred, the injured victims or families of injured victims would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has experience and a successful track record representing personal injury clients against governmental agencies. According to California Governmental Code section 911.2, a personal injury claim against a governmental agency, such as Los Angeles County, must be properly filed within six months of the date of the accident or injury.