Six people were injured, three critically in a Los Angeles car accident after an elderly woman crashed her vehicle into an office building. According to a KABC news report, the injury crash occurred the morning of April 19, 2012 at 6800 North White Oak Avenue in Reseda. Police say an 82-year-old driver of an older-model Buick was traveling north on White Oak Avenue when another car made a left turn ahead of her. In an attempt to avoid colliding with that vehicle, the elderly woman veered off the roadway and lost control. The Buick then entered into a parking lot, before crashing into the building, which houses medical and dental offices.
The vehicle hit a pedestrian and pinned two employees who were working inside the dental office. All three victims were hospitalized in critical but stable condition. One of the employees suffered two broken legs. Three others were treated at the scene and released. Officials are still looking into the cause of the accident and whether the woman’s age was a factor.
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 Car Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), car accidents in Los Angeles claimed 227 lives and injured 25,043 people. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured due to car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Injury Crash?
Based on the news account, officials say the elderly driver crashed into the building as she tried to avoid colliding with a left-turning vehicle. It is unclear if the other driver made an unsafe turn in front of the woman’s Buick.
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.”
Compensation for Injured Victims
I trust officials are still looking into who was at fault here and if the woman’s age was a factor. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.