A car accident in Downey involving at least eight vehicles injured several people the afternoon of December 28, 2010. According to a CBS News report, the multi-car accident occurred at the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Florence Avenue. Victims sustained minor to serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals. Police are investigating the cause of this injury car accident.
My heart goes out to all the injured victims in this case. I hope no one sustained catastrophic injuries. I wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 633 injuries reported as a result of Downey car accidents. During the same year, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured due to Los Angeles County car accidents.
Possible Car Accident Causes
Based on the news report, this particular accident occurred at a street intersection. There are still several unanswered questions here. What triggered this chain-reaction car accident? Did one of the drivers rear-end another? Did one of the drivers fail to yield right-of-way at this busy intersection or run a red light? Were intoxication, speed, distracted driving or recklessness factors in this injury car accident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine who was at fault or what caused this car accident.
Laws and Liability Issues
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.” Also, California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
In such cases, it would be in the victims’ best interests to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. In any car accident involving multiple vehicles and multiple victims, it is important to refrain from talking to insurance adjusters or attorneys for the other sides. Do not sign any papers or rush into a settlement without first talking to an experienced car accident attorney, who will fight to protect your rights and look out for your best interests.
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