Head-On Collision on Highway 99 Injures Three

November 9, 2008

A Reno couple – Herold Bond, 63 and his wife Janis Bond, 59 – suffered injuries in a head-on collision on November 3, 2008 on Highway 99 in Marysville, the Chico Enterprise Record reported. California Highway Patrol officials say the injury crash occurred because 40-year-old Carolyn Atkins, who was driving north on the highway, failed to notice that a traffic signal on Riego Road had turned red.

Atkins’ 1988 Ford Ranger then entered the intersection of Riego and Highway 99 and collided with the Bond’s 1988 Jeep Cherokee. Atkins vehicle hit the rear passenger door on the driver’s side. Janis Bond suffered major injuries – several broken ribs and internal injuries. Herold Bond, Carol Atkins and her husband, John Atkins, suffered moderate injuries in this 11/3/08 crash. Corey Bond, 33, a second passenger in the Jeep, was uninjured. All were wearing seatbelts, CHP officials said.

I’m extremely relieved that everyone involved in this crash has survived. Head-on collisions have the potential to cause the most serious injuries and of course, fatalities. In this case, I believe that lives were saved because everyone was wearing seatbelts. I wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Based on the newspaper report and comments from CHP officials, it appears that Atkins, the driver of the Ford Ranger, ran a red light at an intersection. Running a red light is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) which states: “A driver facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a marked limit line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”

Often, we come across drivers who ignore red lights simply because they are anxious to get somewhere at a certain time or simply to “beat the light.” Red light running can have disastrous consequences and this Marysville head-on collision illustrates that.

The injured victims in this case – Janis and Herold Bond – would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced California auto accident attorney who will help determine who was at fault and who should be held accountable for it. If Atkins did run the red light at the intersection, she will and should be held responsible for the accident and injuries caused to the Bonds.

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