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UPDATE: Larry Steve Benner Injured In Redding Logging Truck Accident After CHP Officer Made U-Turn On Highway 299 Near Power House Road


Nov 7, 2019

Larry Benner Redding: Larry Steve Benner of Anderson Injured In Redding Logging Truck Accident After CHP Officer Made U-Turn On Highway 299 Near Power House Road

REDDING, CALIFORNIA (November 7, 2019) – A 72-year-old truck driver identified as Larry Steve Benner was injured in a  car accident with a CHP patrol officer on Highway 299 not far from Power House Road. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 2:00 p.m. A California Highway Patrol officer was attempting to pull over a speeding driver and made a u-turn in front of the logging truck driven by Larry Steve Benner.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the CHP patrol officer and the truck driver. Larry Steve Benner complained about pain in his knees as a result of the crash. 

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Car Accidents Involving CHP Vehicles

California Highway Patrol officers are supposed to obey traffic laws and operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions of the road. They must yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles  before attempting to make a u-turn. According to California Vehicle Code 21801, “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.”It’s important that evidence is collected and preserved after an accident

Liability for an accident involving a patrol vehicle will often depend on what the patrol officer was doing at the time of the accident.  Generally speaking, police departments have broad immunity for car accidents during police pursuits under California Civil Code 17004.7. However, police officers must use their lights and sirens to warn other drivers about their presence. If a police officer does not have their lights and sirens on they are held to the same standard as other drivers. 

Any person that is injured in a car accident with a police vehicle may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Victims of car accidents will often not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several months after the incident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Larry Steve Benner as he continues to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that safety measures are put in place to prevent additional accidents like this. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident with a police officer? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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