A woman was severely injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which involved several vehicles. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the major injury crash occurred at Victory Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue in Valley Glen, the morning of June 19, 2012. Officials say a man with a history of seizures was driving eastbound on Victory Boulevard when he veered into oncoming traffic.
The man was apparently driving against the flow of traffic when he crashed into an oncoming vehicle that was westbound. Both vehicles spun out and crashed into several stopped cars on Whitsett. The at-fault motorist showed no sign of seizures, but complained of pain. A female driver suffered a broken leg and was critically injured. Three motorists were transported to an area hospital. A total of six cars were involved in the pileup.
My heart goes out to 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 Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 227 deaths and 25,043 injuries as a result of Los Angeles car accidents. Countywide, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured as a result of car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news account, the driver who officials say caused this car accident had a history of seizures. However, it is not clear if he suffered a seizure or some other medical problem at the time, which caused him to veer into opposing lanes of traffic. 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.”
Compensation for Victims
I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver was impaired, distracted, inattentive, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time. I trust they are looking into whether this person should be driving given his medical history. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, and rehabilitation. 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.