At least one person was hospitalized with injuries after a Los Angeles bus accident on the 5 Freeway the morning of December 31, 2010. According to a CBS News report, the injury car accident occurred on the 5 Freeway at the 110 interchange when a car rear-ended the Greyhound bus, which was carrying 45 passengers. One person was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured victim of this bus versus car accident. I hope he or she did not sustain catastrophic injuries. Please keep this individual in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 268 deaths and 25,588 injuries involving Los Angeles car accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Rear-End Car Accidents
Based on this news report, it is not entirely clear why this rear-end accident occurred. Rear-end accidents are often caused by drivers following too closely behind another vehicle or by distracted drivers. California Vehicle Code Section 21703 states: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” California Vehicle Code Section 21704 also states that the driver “shall keep the vehicle he is driving at a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear of any other motor vehicle subject to such speed restriction which is preceding it.”
Fault and Liability
In this case, I trust officials are looking into whether intoxication, distracted driving, speeding or any other form of negligence played a part. If the driver of the vehicle is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the injuries caused. If the driver of the Greyhound drove unsafely or stopped suddenly causing the accident, the driver and his employer, the bus company, can also be held liable.
In such cases, injured victims can file a claim for compensation against the at-fault party for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise car accident victims about their legal rights and options.
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