Two police officers were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after they were struck by an unlicensed driver who made an illegal turn in front of their patrol vehicle. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the injury collision occurred the night of February 3, 2012 at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue in the Jefferson Park area. Officials say that the unlicensed driver made an unsafe left turn in front of the officers’ vehicle, which was westbound on Jefferson Boulevard. One officer suffered bumps and bruises, while the other officer sustained a dislocated shoulder. It is not clear if the other driver was cited or arrested.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. It is indeed a relief to note that the officers were not critically injured in this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 227 fatalities and 25,043 injuries occurred involving Los Angeles car accidents. During the same year, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured due to car accidents, during the same year.
Left Turn Law
Based on this news report, the other driver was not only unlicensed, but he or she also made an illegal left turn in front of the oncoming police vehicle. 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.”
Fault and Liability
If the other driver is determined to have been at fault, in addition to seeking workers compensation benefits, the police officers can file a personal injury claim against the driver and his or her liability insurance. If the driver is uninsured, then, the victims can seek compensation from the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy. Car accident victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.