Seven people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say involved six vehicles, the early morning of March 23, 2012. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the injury collision occurred in the eastbound lanes of the 101 Freeway at Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills. California Highway Patrol officials say two of the seven injured people, including one in critical condition, were transported to a hospital. One vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof. Officials are still looking into what caused this major injury collision.
My heart goes out to all the victims of this injury crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities but 73 injuries involving Agoura Hills car accidents. Countywide, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured due to car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Multi-Car Collision?
Based on the news account, there are a number of unanswered questions here. What caused this early morning injury collision? Was this a chain-reaction collision triggered by a rear-end accident? Did one of the vehicles make an unsafe lane change? Did impairment, fatigue, distracted driving, speed or some other form of negligence cause or contribute to the incident? Was one of the drivers following other vehicles too closely?
Rear-end accidents are often caused by drivers following too close 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 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.”
Compensation for Injured Victims
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In cases involving multiple vehicles and victims, it would be in victims’ best interests to refrain from talking to an insurance adjuster. Please do not rush into a settlement or sign any agreements until you have talked to a knowledgeable Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will fight for your rights and look out for your best interests. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to car accident victims and their families.