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Riverside County Car versus Truck Accident Involves Illegal U-Turn

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A driver was hospitalized after suffering injuries in a Riverside County truck accident the morning of June 1, 2009 after the driver of the semi-trailer made an illegal U-turn. According to a news report in The Desert Sun the semi was making a U-turn on northbound Bob Hope Drive at the intersection of Gerald Ford Drive when it collided with the car. The car made a legal left turn when it was hit by the semi, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said. Emergency crews freed the driver from the car. He was transported to an area hospital with moderate personal injuries. The semi truck driver received a citation at the scene for making an illegal U-turn.

I’m relieved that this Rancho Mirage truck accident did not result in catastrophic injuries to the car’s driver. I wish the injured victim the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were two fatalities and 92 personal injuries involving car accidents in Rancho Mirage. In Riverside County 279 deaths and 9,925 personal injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.

In this particular case, it appears that the driver of the semi-trailer was at fault for making an illegal U-turn and striking the car. 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.”

If this newspaper report is accurate, the driver of the big rig did not follow these rules. The personally injured victim in this case would be well advised to consult skilled California big rig accident attorneys who can help hold the at-fault driver and his employer accountable for this car-truck accident and resulting injuries. The victim could receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings and other related damages.

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