On the morning of Wednesday, May 1, the driver of a sport utility vehicle was injured in a police pursuit in Willowbrook. Police received reports of an attempted kidnapping at a Ralph’s grocery store at about 6:13 a.m. They chased the suspect, who was driving a four-door sedan, to 135th Street and Avalon Boulevard, where the suspect’s vehicle crashed into an SUV, the impact sending it onto its side and causing the sedan to ignite into flames. Emergency responders extricated the driver of the SUV from the wreckage and transported the victim to an area hospital. Authorities arrested the suspect.
“When a driver harms others while breaking the law, he or she may face criminal charges and civil actions,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the state will punish the driver for violating its laws and the victims will file personal injury claims in order to obtain compensation for the expense of their recoveries.”
Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents resulted in 346 fatalities and 62,881 injuries in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the driver of the SUV.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Willowbrook police pursuit.
Resources for accident victims, such as books and articles on the injury claims process following a collision involving a police chase, are available to the public free of charge through our office.
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