Cezannie Mount Long Beach: Cezannie Mount of Long Beach Killed In Bixby Knolls Motorcycle Accident With Police Officer On Del Amo Boulevard Near Cherry Avenue
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (October 29, 2019) – A pedestrian from Long Beach identified as Cezannie Mount has tragically died in a Bixby Knolls car accident with an on-duty CHP patrol officer near Del Amo Boulevard and Cherry Avenue.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 4:40 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation the police officer collided with Cezannie Mount as he was crossing the street.
Both the CHP officer and Cezannie Mount sustained major injuries in the crash. The police officer was taken to the Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
Despite life-saving measures Cezannie Mount died due to his injuries. Traffic collisions detectives closed down the streets between Cherry Avenue and Orange Avenue as they continue to investigate what happened.
Liability In Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Centers For Disease Control, “In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.5 hours. Additionally, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, non-intersection locations, and at night.” Here are just a few of the most common reasons why pedestrian accidents take place:
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Failing to yield
- Weather conditions
- Left had turn accidents
There are a number of laws that govern liability for accidents involving emergency vehicles like police cars. According to California Vehicle Code 21055 (b), companies and cities will be immune from civil liability for an accident involving an authorized emergency vehicle “If the driver of the vehicle sounds a siren as may be reasonably necessary and the vehicle displays a lighted red lamp visible from the front as a warning to other drivers and pedestrians. A siren shall not be sounded by an authorized emergency vehicle except when required under this section.”
When a police officer is not responding to an emergency with their lights and sirens on they must use all the due diligence necessary to avoid causing accidents. This is true even if a pedestrian is outside of a marked crosswalk. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
When a police officer is on-duty and they cause an accident the city or county that they work for may face civil liability. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior cities and counties are typically liable for the negligence of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. It’s important that evidence is collected and preserved after an accident.
The family of any victim that died in an accident with a CHP officer may have legal recourse through California Vehicle Code 377.60. This statute provides a number of support measures and protections for the family of the victim. For example, damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of love and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, police departments will often fight hard to try to deny any liability for an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Long Beach Motorcycle Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cezannie Mount. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the CHP as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional accidents like this.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in an accident with a CHP 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 so that they can make informed decisions. 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.