A multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Van Nuys has caused eight injuries. KTLA News Channel Five reports the accident occurred along the 7000 block of North Van Nuys Blvd. The accident occurred shortly after 8 in the evening this past Monday.
A Look at the Accident
Early reports state an automobile was moving at a high rate of speed when it moved to the side to swerve around a pedestrian. The accident resulted in a nasty wreck along with a chain reaction crash. First responders extricated multiple individuals who were trapped within the automobiles. Sadly, eight individuals suffered injuries. All but for two of these individuals were transported to a nearby hospital so their injuries could be treated. Five of these individuals have moderate injuries while the other is in fair condition. Police have not provided any word as to whether charges or citations have been made. The crash is still being investigated by law enforcement.
Fault for the Accident
Surveillance footage from the accident states two automobiles entered the intersection at a high rate of speed. The question is whether the pedestrian in the street was in a crosswalk and had the right of way or if he or she was jaywalking. If it turns out the pedestrian did not have the right of way, those injured as a result of the ensuing accident will have legal footing to file a personal injury lawsuit against that individual. There is also the potential that the pedestrian had the right of way and the driver also had a green light. If it turns out the traffic light and pedestrian signal were defective, legal liability can extend to local government. However, there is also a chance that the driver was at fault.
At first glance, it appears as though the pedestrian’s negligence caused the driver to swerve, ultimately resulting in the accident. Negligence means the failure to provide others in one’s vicinity with due care. If negligence can be proven, financial compensation will be obtained through a personal injury lawsuit to cover the costs resulting from the accident. This financial compensation can be used to cover the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, pain, suffering and additional losses.