Woman and three children badly injured in South Los Angeles car accident
Three children and a woman were badly injured in a South Los Angeles car accident on East 111th. The suspect is on the run.
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 9, 2023) – A woman and three children were critically injured today when the SUV they were in collided with another vehicle in the South Los Angeles area, and two of the children were listed in grave condition.
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Paramedics were sent to the 100 block of East 111th Place shortly before 8 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.
A woman in her mid-30s was injured, along with three children: a 16-year-old, a 13-year-old, and an 18-month-old, said Margaret Stewart of the LAFD. All of them were taken to hospitals.
“The vehicles made contact with a building, which has no structural integrity issues,” Stewart said.
The 18-month-old and the 13-year-old were in grave condition, according to LAFD Capt. Erik Scott, who said all four injured people were in the same vehicle, an SUV that was driven by the woman.
The circumstances of the crash were under investigation. Police were seeking a man described as a “suspect,” who ran from the scene. He allegedly drove the other vehicle involved in the crash, according to reports from the scene.
Liability In South Los Angeles Car Accidents
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating a South Los Angeles Car Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our well wishes to the woman and three children who were critically injured in this crash, and hope they all have a speedy recovery. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about a South Los Angeles car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.