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7 injured in California crash

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Police suspect that a Tesla involved in a West Hollywood accident that injured multiple people was stolen. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the July 4 incident commenced at about 12:45 a.m., when police responded to a call from a Tesla dealership regarding a stolen car.

Police reportedly pursued the car, reaching speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour, before the Tesla collided with two vehicles on La Brea Avenue. Prior to coming to a stop, the Tesla crashed into a pole, splitting into two pieces and sparking flames that would affect at least half of the Tesla and another vehicle, authorities reported.

One of the vehicles that had been struck by the Tesla, a Honda Civic, was carrying five people at the time of the collision, one of whom suffered critical injuries as a result. Five other people involved in the event suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment, authorities said. The driver of the Tesla was ejected from the vehicle during the incident and suffered injuries as well, reportedly.

Serious car accidents like this one result in a spectrum of serious injuries, and the victims who suffer these injuries are often left to cope with not just physical pain but also financial stress. For, accident-related injuries often require lengthy hospital stays, myriad medical treatments, intense and long-term rehabilitation and forced time off from work. However, accident victims may seek recourse for these financial hardships in civil court if there is significant evidence that the car accident was caused by another party's actionable behavior, such as impaired driving.

For example, accident victims may retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit against the at-fault driver. If successful, the victims might be awarded restitution for hospital bills, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and even lost wages related to their injuries.

Source: KTLA, "LAPD: Stolen Tesla Involved in Police Pursuit Crashes Into Cars, Splits in Half in WeHo; 7 Injured", Tracy Bloom, Eric Spillman, July 04, 2014

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