A car crash in Fullerton involving two vehicles left four people hospitalized with injuries. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred when one of the cars was westbound on Bastanchury Road the morning of September 11, 2013. That car crashed into another vehicle that was turning left into St. Jude Center west of Morelia Avenue. Three men and one woman from the Honda Prelude and Toyota Corolla were transported to local hospitals for treatment. All injured victims are expected to survive. The investigation is ongoing.
Car Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 665 injuries involving car accidents in Fullerton. In Orange County as a whole, 100 people died and 13,368 were injured due to traffic collisions during the same year.
What Caused This Collision?
Based on this news report, it appears that the accident occurred when one vehicle was making a left turn into a private property. Drivers turning left or making a U-turn are required to yield the right-of-way to oncoming vehicles.
California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
In this particular case, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Fullerton car accident lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.