Two Men Hospitalized In East Hollywood Collision With LAPD Vehicle By Vermont Avenue and Lexington Avenue
EAST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (October 16, 2023) – Two men were hospitalized after a crash with a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle by Vermont Avenue and Lexington Avenue.
Orange County police officers are saying that the accident took place around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. A car was involved in a collision with an LAPD SUV patrol cruiser under uncertain conditions.
Los Angeles Fire Department officials were called to the scene in order to help the victims. Two people were taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
A full investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Car Accidents
Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to Forbes, “In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) projects there were an estimated 42,915 traffic fatalities in 2021, a 10.5 percent increase compared to 2020 and the highest annual percentage increase in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a car accident.
- Drivers are more likely to crash at higher rates of speed.
- Drivers are more likely to crash during periods of inclement weather.
- Drivers are more likely to crash if they are distracted.
- Drivers are more likely to crash at intersections.
Police departments tend to have a great deal of immunity for vehicle collisions. But the officers involved must have been responding to an actual emergency with their lights and sirens on. When an officer is not responding to an emergency, they must obey the rules of the road as would any other driver. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 22350, no person shall operate a motor vehicle at a speed greater than would be reasonable or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. Victims of car accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
If a police officer was working at the time of a collision, the department that they were working for could be held at fault. Sadly, though, police departments will often fight hard to deny liability if one of their officers is involved in a collision. Any person that is injured in a car accident with an LAPD patrol vehicle may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Legal Help After An LAPD Car Accident
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the two people injured in this East Hollywood collision. It is our sincere hope that they will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an accident with an LAPD patrol vehicle? You may be entitled to compensation. Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to getting accident victims the justice and support that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.