Sean “Diddy” Combs was injured in a Los Angeles car accident after the vehicle in which he was a passenger T-boned a sedan in Beverly Hills on October 24, 2012. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, Combs was in a black Escalade SUV that struck a Lexus sedan, which made a left turn in front of the SUV. The accident occurred on Sunset Boulevard in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Photos taken after the accident showed Combs shaken up and lying on the ground, the Times report said. Everyone involved in the accident complained of pain, but no one was transported to the hospital. Combs reportedly said that he would get his own medical attention. His representative later told the Associated Press that Combs had hurt his neck, ribs and collarbone.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everybody who was involved in this car accident. I hope no one suffered major injuries. I wish them all the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Car Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 219 fatalities and 24,561 injuries involving car accidents in Los Angeles. Countywide, 530 people died and 50,513 were injured due to traffic accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Lexus made a left turn in front of the SUV, which was operated by Combs’ driver. It is not clear who had the right of way at the time. Under California law, drivers making left turns or U-turns must yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles.
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.”
Getting Medical Attention
In such cases, the at-fault party can be held liable for injuries and damages caused. It is also important that anyone who is involved in an accident get medical attention even if there are no apparent injuries. After a car accident, it could take days or even weeks for certain injuries to surface. It is important that victims get prompt medical attention. This will not only help maximize your chance of a quick and full recovery, but it will also create a record that documents your injuries and expenses relating to the accident. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will help injured victims and their families in such cases better understand their legal rights and options.