A police officer from Whittier and two other people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a police vehicle and another car collided at a street intersection. According to a report in the Whittier Daily News, the injury car accident occurred at Bloomfield and Florence avenues in Santa Fe Springs the evening of February 2, 2011. A police vehicle, with its emergency lights and sirens on, has slowly entered the intersection when a car struck it. The police officer, the other driver and a passenger were hospitalized with injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the three victims of this car accident. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), five people were killed and 343 were injured in Santa Fe Springs car accidents. During that same year, there were 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries reported due to Los Angeles County car accidents.
What Caused This Injury Car Accident?
According to the report, the officer entered the intersection with his siren and lights on. Under California law, motorists must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles that have lights and sirens on. California Vehicle Code 21806 states: “Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle which is sounding a siren and which has at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light that is visible…the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection, and thereupon shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.” It is also important to look into whether the police officer followed proper protocol and did indeed have the lights and sirens visible and audible to motorists.
If the other driver failed to yield right-of-way to the police vehicle, then he or she could be held liable for the injuries caused to the passenger as well as the officer. If the police officer is determined to have been at fault, then, the officer and his or her employer, the police department, can be held liable for injuries and damages caused. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental entity must be files within 180 days of the incident. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise victims in such cases about their legal rights and options.
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