Seven people including two infants were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which involved a head-on collision between two vehicles. According to a City News Service report, the major injury collision occurred in the 16000 block of Parthenia Street near Woodley Avenue in North Hills, late night on March 16, 2012. Police say the male driver of a sedan that was eastbound on Parthenia suddenly crossed over the double yellow line and crashed head-on into an SUV. Of the seven who were injured, five young adults suffered critical injuries while two infants sustained minor injuries. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a part in this collision. Anyone with more information about this car accident is asked to contact LAPD at 818-644-8000.
My heart goes out to all the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 227 people were killed and 25,043 were injured in Los Angeles car accidents. During that same year, 556 fatalities and 50,817 injuries occurred due to Los Angeles County car accidents.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, the driver of the sedan crossed into opposing lanes of traffic and caused this terrible crash. However, it is not clear why the driver did so. California Vehicle Code Section 21651 (a) states: “Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful…to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section.”
I trust officials are looking into whether the driver of the sedan was distracted, fatigued, inattentive, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time. If the sedan’s driver is determined to have been at fault, then, he can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will better advise injured victims in such cases about their legal rights and options.