At least one person was injured in a Los Angeles car accident on the 405 Freeway the night of January 22, 2011. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the injury car accident occurred on the 405 Freeway in Van Nuys near Burbank Boulevard. A vehicle that had apparently stalled in the number three lane of the freeway was rear-ended by a second vehicle. The first vehicle burst into flames on impact. Its occupant sustained injuries and was transported to an area hospital. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this Los Angeles car accident. I wish the injured victim a complete and speedy recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 268 people were killed and 25,588 were injured in Los Angeles car accidents. During that same year, 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries occurred due to Los Angeles County car accidents.
What Caused This Rear-End Accident?
A comment left on the newspaper’s website states the driver of the first car had to stop because of dangerous debris on the freeway. The commenter also indicates the second driver in an Audi was exceeding the speed limit at the time and therefore could not avoid the rear-end accident. Investigators are no doubt determining what caused the first vehicle to stop in a lane of traffic and why the second motorist was unable to avoid the accident. It is important here to establish if there was any negligence involved.
California law prohibits anyone from throwing or dumping debris on the highway. California Vehicle Code section 23112 (a) states: “No person shall throw or deposit, nor shall the registered owner or the driver, if such owner is not then present in the vehicle, aid or abet in the throwing or depositing upon any highway any bottle, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, any substance likely to injure or damage traffic using the highway, or any noisome, nauseous, or offensive matter of any kind.” I trust officials are also looking into who was responsible for the debris and whether the second driver was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed.
If the other driver is determined to have been at fault for driving over the speed limit or driving at an unsafe speed, he or she could be held liable for the injuries caused. If it is determined that dangerous debris on the roadway caused the accident, then the person who dropped the debris could also be held liable. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise injured victims about how their own car insurance policy will apply to a roadway debris accident. Victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to car accident victims and their families.
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