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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

At Least 5 Injured In Crash Involving Motorcycles, Passenger Vehicles On 210 Freeway In Irwindale

Original Story: KTLA.com

At least five people were injured Saturday evening in a collision that the California Highway Patrol said involved five motorcycles and two passenger vehicles on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale.

Firefighter-paramedics responded shortly after 7 p.m. to the westbound side of the freeway, just west of Irwindale Avenue, a supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Five or six people were hurt in the crash, according to the Fire Department. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Several motorcyclists, who were not involved in the pileup, stopped to render assistance, according to a CHP incident log. A Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer will more than likely use this information.

Four flatbed tow trucks were requested to remove the damaged motorcycles and other vehicles involved in the collision, including a BMW sedan that had been carrying four occupants, the log stated.

The CHP issued a SigAlert for the westbound 210, and the No. 1, No. 2 and carpool lanes were closed for more than an hour, the agency said on Twitter.

According to tweets from the Irwindale Police Department, traffic was heavy in both directions at the crash site. Motorists were advised to avoid the area while a cleanup operation was underway.

The SigAlert was later canceled and all lanes were reopened as of 8:40 p.m., police and the CHP said.

The cause of the incident was unknown.

Trash Truck Collision Will Cost L.A. $10 Million In Settlement

Original Story: LATimes.com

Los Angeles officials will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 accident involving a city sanitation truck and a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. The city has hired a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer.

Maria Becerra, who lives in Northridge, suffered severe injuries after being hit by a trash truck while she was crossing Reseda Boulevard. She is being consulted by a Los Angeles Injury Lawyer. As a result of those injuries, Becerra has a limited ability to walk, is unable to conceive children and probably will not be employable, according to an analysis of the case prepared by the city's lawyers.

The analysis, submitted to the City Council, said it would not be "unreasonable" to expect a $20-million verdict if the case went to trial. Police determined in the wake of the accident that the trash truck has a blind spot.

Becerra, 26, had the right of way in a marked crosswalk and was described by the city's lawyers as "shy, soft spoken and stoic."

"A jury will have great empathy for her," the analysis states.

Attorney Mike Arias, who represents Becerra, described the settlement as fair. "We're appreciative that instead of forcing her to go through years of additional litigation, that this matter was able to be resolved," he said.

The City Council approved the settlement Wednesday.