A 71-year-old man driving a pickup truck was seriously injured in a Riverside car accident which authorities say, involved a speeding SUV that was stolen. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the injury accident occurred on Highway 74 in Riverside County the afternoon of April 5, 2011. Police say 48-year-old David Charles Abrams fled the scene of a disturbance in a stolen SUV and eluded authorities by driving in excess of 100 mph. Abrams apparently lost control of the SUV while negotiating a curve on the roadway and entered into oncoming traffic lanes. The vehicle then hit the pickup head-on. Both drivers were hospitalized with injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the elderly victim of this injury car accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery.
Riverside County Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 121 people were killed and 2,615 were injured in car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. During that same year, there were 220 fatalities and 8,561 injuries reported involving Riverside County car accidents.
Violation of Laws
There are many potential traffic violations and criminal acts that may have contributed to this Riverside car accident. Officers have stated that the driver of the SUV stole the vehicle and was eluding police. Speed and reckless driving were certainly factors here.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law): “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” I trust authorities are also looking into whether Abrams was under the influence at the time.
Victims of negligent and reckless drivers may pursue financial compensation for the injuries they suffered by filing a personal injury claim. An at-fault driver may be held liable for damages such as hospital expenses, time away from work and pain and suffering. In this case, police stopped the pursuit due to safety reasons when the speeds became excessive. I commend their decision and agree this was the right course of action here. In many pursuits, when such a decision is not taken, other motorists are needlessly placed in harm’s way. Where police pursuits are involved, it is important to look into whether law enforcement officials followed the correct protocols. An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will help advise car accident victims and their families about their legal rights and options. A knowledgeable accident lawyer should inform victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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