Despite their work toward the public good, California law enforcement are not immune to getting into car accidents. One officer was recently in a car crash while responding to a work-related call. While the officer received only minor injuries, the woman who collided with him when she pulled out of an apartment complex was listed in critical condition. Video surveillance showed the woman was being given CPR before being transported to a local hospital.
At this time it is unknown if the officer had his lights and sirens activated when the car crash occurred. Additional details of the car crash were not available and fault in the accident has not been reported. Depending on what details are found during the investigation of the accident, charges could be brought against a driver if he or she is found to be at fault.
California drivers, including those in law enforcement, are held to a high standard when operating a vehicle. Expectations are that drivers will follow traffic laws and maintain safety for themselves, their passengers and others on roadways. When a driver is negligent while driving a vehicle and someone is injured due to this negligence, the victim has grounds to file a personal injury claim.
A successfully litigated personal injury claim can result in monetary compensation being paid to the victim. This monetary compensation can be crucial in helping a victim pay for medical bills as a result of the car accident, as well as loss of wages due to missed work and other expenses. A car crash can have a considerable impact on a person's life and taking action to minimize negative impact is important.
Source: nbclosangeles.com, "Woman Hospitalized After Car Crash With Hawthorne Officer," Christina Cocca, Robert Henry and Toni Guinyard, July 24, 2013