A 10-year-old boy suffered critical injuries in a Baldwin Park car accident the evening of June 16, 2009, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. The boy was a passenger in the car his 18-year-old brother was driving near Ramona Park and Center Street when another car driven by 25-year-old Frank Ramirez made a left turn in front of the 18-year-old driver. The teenager could not avoid hitting Ramirez’s car, Baldwin Park police said. Police say preliminary investigations do show that Ramirez made an unsafe left turn. Neither Ramirez nor the 18-year-old driver had a license.
The child passenger suffered major head injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital. His older brother, the 18-year-old driver, suffered serious personal injuries but they were not life threatening. Ramirez was uninjured.
My heart goes out to the 10-year-old boy who was critically injured in this car accident. I hope and pray that the boy recovers from his serious injuries quickly and completely. Please keep him in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System there were four fatalities and 302 injuries involving car accidents in Baldwin Park. In Los Angeles County as a whole, there were 712 fatalities and 56,475 injuries involving car accidents in 2007.
If this newspaper article is accurate, it would seem that Frank Ramirez caused this car accident by making that illegal left turn. California law is very specific about the requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn.
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.”
The injured victims’ family in this case would be well-advised to contact experienced California car accident attorneys, who will be able to investigate the facts of this case and make sure that the victims’ legal rights are protected. If the other driver, Ramirez, is determined to have been reckless, distracted or at-fault for this car accident, he could be held liable for the resulting injuries, damages and loss. Skilled personal injury attorneys should also determine whether a dangerous condition at that intersection caused this car accident. If that was the case, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. In California, any such claim against a public entity must be filed within six months of the car collision or injury.