A car accident involving a Los Angeles City Council member has resulted in a $185,000 payment by the city to the crash’s victims. The councilman involved in the 2012 collision admitted to becoming distracted behind the wheel. The extent of personal injury in this car accident is not clear, but the size of the payment suggests that there were significant injuries to at least one person.

Following the announced settlement, Councilman Jose Huizar gave an account of the car accident, which took place in Boyle Heights in October 2012. According to Huizar, he came upon a red light with several cars idling.

The light changed to green as he approached. Assuming that the traffic in front of him would begin moving, he looked at something on the side of the road. By the time he looked back through his windshield, it was too late to avoid rear-ending a car in front of him.

The driver of the car that was hit sued the city of Los Angeles. To settle the suit, the city council approved a payment of $185,000 to the plaintiff.

Besides distracted driving, it is possible that alcohol was a factor in this crash. Though a breath test administered to Huizar at the scene measured 0.00 percent, he said following the settlement vote that he had a drink at dinner that evening.

This case shows how allowing yourself to get distracted for even a second while behind the wheel can lead to a car accident. “I recommend that you keep your eyes on the road,” Huizar said.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News, “Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar discusses car crash that cost city $185,000,” Dakota Smith, March 28, 2014