LAPD Police Officer And Toyota Prius Involved In Car Accident At The Intersection of Oxnard Street and Woodman Avenue In Valley Glen
VALLEY GLEN, CALIFORNIA (March 3, 2019)– A Toyota Prius was involved in a car accident with a LAPD officer by the intersection of Oxnard Street and Woodman Avenue.
Valley Glen officers are saying that the crash took place around 5:20 a.m. The police officer remained at the scene and cooperated.
Paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident and transported the driver of the Toyota Prius to the hospital. A female passenger inside the Prius declined to be taken to the hospital.
An investigation into the Los Angeles accident remains ongoing at this point.
Liability In Accidents With Police Vehicles
Emergency vehicles are given a lot of leeway when they are responding to an actual emergency. But they must have their lights and sirens on based on California Vehicle Code 21055. When an emergency vehicle is not responding to an actual emergency they must exercise the same level of care as all other drivers.
According to Grant v. Petronella (1975) 50 Cal.App.3d 281, 286, “If the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle is responding to an emergency call and gives the prescribed warnings by red light and siren, a charge of negligence against him may not be predicated on his violation of the designated Vehicle Code sections; but if he does not give the warnings, the contrary is true; and in the event the charged negligence is premised on conduct without the scope of the exemption a common-law standard of care is applicable.”
Unfortunately, police officers may speed or conduct other illegal maneuvers even if they are not responding to an emergency. Any victim of such an accident may be able to file a claim for damages against the police department that the officer works for. A car accident attorney can help investigate your case and fight to get compensation for your injuries. There are zero costs associated with hiring an attorney and they work purely off a contingency fee basis.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that have been injured in this accident. We sincerely hope that there is a thorough investigation into what happened. Thankfully no one died, but steps need to be taken to make sure a similar accident does not take place in the future.
Have you or someone that you love been involved in an accident with an LAPD officer? You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We’ve resolved thousand of accident claims successfully and are here to help. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have legal questions are here for you. You’re always free to contact us at (888) 888-9285.