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Serious auto accident injures L.A. County sheriff's captain

While we depend on police officers to keep our roads safe, they also must drive defensively and obey the rules of the road. It only takes one wrong move for someone, be they a police officer or a citizen, to be injured in a car accident.

Recently, a Los Angeles County sheriff's captain was severely injured in a head-on car crash with another vehicle. The officer was driving an unmarked county car, when she began to drift into the opposite lane of traffic. She then hit another vehicle. The force of the collision caused the other vehicle to overturn onto the side of the road. The officer has multiple injuries, some of them critical. The driver of the other car also sustained moderate injuries. It is not clear yet whether the officer was on duty at the time of the accident. According to police, it is believed that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Although this crash is still under investigation, sometimes an auto accident is caused by a negligent driver. To prove a negligence case, it must be shown that the defendant owed a duty of care, and that the duty was breached.

Automobile drivers are generally under the duty to operate their motor vehicles in a manner that is reasonable under the circumstances. In addition to establishing a duty and breach, it must be shown that the breach actually caused the victim's injuries, that is, but-for the breach, the victim would not have been injured. The court must also find there is proximate cause, that is, the harm is one that was foreseeable. Finally, to prevail in a negligence case, the victim must have suffered some sort of damages.

A victim's life could be changed forever by the actions of a negligent driver. By bringing a negligence suit, the victim may be able to receive compensation for any damages or harm they sustained in the accident.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Sheriff's captain critically injured in car crash," Larry Gordon, Dec. 08, 2012

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