Crash Near Jack in the Box Sends One to Hospital
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Crash Near Jack in the Box Sends One to Hospital

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Police have reported a vehicle rollover crash that required at least one of the victims to be hospitalized. Some reports indicated that both involved drivers may have required hospitalization.

The crash occurred on Thursday, October 6, 2016 on the 1000 block of West Sunset Boulevard. Not long after 8:00 a.m., the crash resulted in one of the vehicles being propelled through the drive-thru of the nearby Jack in the Box fast food restaurant. The other car rolled over and came to a rest on the sidewalk next to the establishment.

Investigation is ongoing

The cause of the crash is not yet known and the identities of the involved drivers have not been released. Details about their injuries have not been released. The accident also appears to have caused some property damage. Photos of the crash site show that a tree, fence, and light standard had been toppled over.

It has been confirmed that a security employee of the Dodgers had been driving the vehicle that rolled over onto the sidewalk. A spokesperson for the Dodgers released a brief statement saying that, “He is okay and was released (from the hospital).”

Common liability issues in car accidents

Under California negligence laws, individuals may be held liable for damages inflicted to another party due to that individual’s failure to exercise reasonable care or skill in managing that individual’s property or person. In some car accident cases, it’s relatively straightforward for a personal injury attorney to prove that one party was at fault. Evidence may show that the negligent person was driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for example, or traffic cameras may show that the driver sped through a traffic light.

However, not all car accidents are this straightforward. It’s quite common for both parties to be at fault, although one party often shares the bulk of the blame. California is a comparative negligence state, rather than a contributory negligence state. Under the contributory negligence system, an individual cannot collect damages if he or she was even partially to blame for the incident. This is widely considered to be an outdated method of dealing with accident cases.

Under California’s comparative negligence rules, even if two parties were at fault, the party that was least at fault may collect damages. Those damages are adjusted in accordance to the degree of the person’s fault. Hypothetically, if Joe is 70% at fault for a crash and Sarah is 30% at fault, then Sarah may collect damages that will be decreased by 30% to allow for her percentage of liability.

Evaluating your legal options after injury

From simple to complex accident cases, families can find the legal guidance they need at Ellis Injury Law. Our legal team has been successfully litigating accident cases for 20 years and has recovered over $350 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

We understand that recovering from a serious accident can be difficult. It’s our mission to make the process easier for you. Call our Los Angeles offices at 1.800.INJURED today to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to learn about your options for legal recourse.