Chris Davis Injured In South Los Angeles Car Accident With LAPD Cruiser

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (December 17, 2023) – A pedestrian identified as Chris Davis was injured in a South Los Angeles car accident after an LAPD cruiser drove on the sidewalk.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the accident took place around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. An LAPD officer was driving south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when he felt the front wheels of his tires lock up.

Surveillance footage showed the police vehicle leave the road and drive onto the sidewalk before hitting Chris Davis. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.

Chris Davis was later taken to the hospital so that he could receive treatment. A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For South Los Angeles Car Accidents

Accidents with emergency vehicles may seem like freak occurrences, but they are unfortunately very common. According to the National Safety Council, “In 2021, 198 people died in crashes involving emergency vehicles. The majority of these deaths were occupants of non-emergency vehicles (56%). Deaths among pedestrians accounted for another 25%, while emergency vehicle drivers represented 15% and emergency vehicle passengers accounted for about 3% of the deaths.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a pedestrian collision.

  • A police officer may have been distracted by their onboard computer.
  • A police officer may have been responding to an emergency.
  • A police officer may have experienced a tire blowout or some other vehicle system failure.
  • A police officer may have been traveling at an unsafe speed.

Police officers tend to have a great deal of immunity for vehicle collisions when they are responding to an emergency with their lights and sirens on. When a police officer is not responding to an emergency, they must obey all of the rules of the road like every other driver. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21950, drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting any pedestrians in the roadway. If a police officer fails to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Victims of pedestrian collisions tend to suffer very serious injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head trauma

The vast majority of pedestrian accidents are preventable and involve some amount of driver error. It is also possible that a pedestrian collision was due to a police vehicle not being properly maintained. Any person that is injured in a car accident with a police vehicle may have legal recourse through a personal injury claim. A personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

 

Investigating Los Angeles LAPD Car Accidents

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to Chris Davis as he continues to recover. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident with an LAPD officer? You nay have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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