A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer slammed into a utility pole and was injured after trying to avoid a vehicle that ran a red light at a Los Angeles intersection. According to L.A. Now, the accident happened at about 1:00 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and 11th Street.
CHP Officer Monica Posada said that the officer, whose name has yet to be released, was heading south on Main Street at roughly 40 miles per hour when he approached the intersection with 11st Street. The officer reportedly had a green light. Another car, traveling west on 11th and sped through the intersection on his red light. The officer reportedly tried to avoid the red light-running car when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a light pole and then into a building on that corner. There was another office in the cruiser. He was not injured. Posada says that she does not know if the other driver was cited for running the red light, but does confirm that alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the accident. The Los Angeles Police Department is still investigating the accident.
Our Los Angeles accident attorneys understand how confusing accidents can be when they involve a police officer or another government official. Oftentimes, these accidents are investigated by the official party involved. This is cause for some bias reviews. If you or a loved one has been involved in a traffic accident with a government vehicle, it's critical for you to recruit the representation of an experienced attorney.
According to the most recent traffic statistics, there are close to 7,500 traffic accidents that involve a police car every year. In about a quarter of these accidents, the officers are at least partially to blame although they're rarely ticketed. As a matter of fact, it's the other drivers involved in the accident who are usually cited, even if it wasn't their fault. Statistics show that this happens close to 65 percent of the time. Officers are only cited about 10 percent of the time.
Many of the car accidents that involve police officers are the result of speeding. Distractions are also a top cause of these accidents as officers are frequently talking on their radios or looking at their in-car computers. Safe driving advocates say that the main cause is reckless driving.
In 2009, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported that police officer fatalities were at a 50-year low. Unfortunately, that didn't hold true in 2010. During that year, there were about 160 police officers who were killed. Car accidents continued to be the leading cause of death for officers nationwide. The truth of the matter is that officers oftentimes drive fast, they drive powerful cars and make split-second decisions at the wheel. All of this puts both officers and innocent civilians at risk.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, contact personal injury attorney Vincent Howard for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today.
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