A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy and a Los Angeles woman were hospitalized with personal injuries after a San Diego car accident the morning of May 9, 2009. According to a CBS News report, the Valley Center car accident happened on Valley Center Road near State Route 76 as the female driver made a left turn ahead of the sheriff’s deputy. The woman’s car suffered a severe impact and was pushed back for several feet before it came to rest, California Highway Patrol officials said. Both victims did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
I’m relieved that neither of the victims was seriously hurt as a result of this San Diego car accident. Given the impact of the car crash, this could have been a lot worse. I wish both the injured victims — the woman and the sheriff’s deputy — the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were 84 fatalities and 6,516 injuries relating to car accidents in San Diego. In San Diego County as a while 268 deaths and 14,641 personal injuries were reported.
California Vehicle Code section 21801 (a) states the following requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn: “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 case, to determine whose fault this car collision was, one would also have to determine who had the right of way at the intersection at the time of the car accident. If the woman had the right of way, then the deputy and his employer, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, could be held liable. If the police officer had the right of way then the woman could be held liable for the car accident and resulting injuries.
It is always in the best interest of car accident victims to contact experienced California car accident lawyers, who will analyze the facts of each case and determine where the fault lies. Skilled California personal injury lawyers will also be able to determine other factors that could have caused or contributed to a car collision such as a dangerous roadway or intersection, mechanical or product defects.