Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed that he was involved in a car crash involving four vehicles in Pacific Palisades that sent an injured woman to the hospital for treatment.
According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, a spokesperson for Schwarzenegger said he was driving an SUV when the collision occurred on the afternoon of Jan. 21, but he wasn’t injured.
Ongoing Car Crash Investigation
Entertainment news website TMZ published photos of Schwarzenegger at the scene, which was a mile from his home, showing his GMC Yukon SUV, a Toyota Prius, and a Porsche Cayenne. Officials said the car crash occurred at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue. A woman was transported by paramedics to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said, adding that no one else was injured in the crash.
Police said a red Prius was making a U-turn as its driver continued through a red arrow signal to turn left when the car crash occurred, causing the SUV to roll on top of the Prius and strike two other vehicles. Officers have not made any arrests and ruled out alcohol or drugs as potential factors in this crash. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected by this collision. It is indeed a relief that this multi-vehicle collision didn’t result in more serious injuries.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that one of the drivers may have violated a red arrow at the intersection and triggered the car crash. 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.”
In such cases, negligent drivers can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses they cause. Injured car accident victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.