Two people — 17-year-old Whitney Madruga and 18-year-old Kenneth Yates — were in critical condition after a car accident in Hanford, California, when they were rear-ended by an SUV. According to a news report in the Hanford Sentinel, the accident occurred the night of January 25, 2010. Madruga, Yates, 20-year-old Daniel Corral, 18-year-old Lauren Knight and 17-year-old Sarah Barton were all occupants of a Chevy Cavalier, which was hit from behind by a GMC Yukon SUV at 70 mph on Highway 198.
Madruga sustained a concussion and a broken neck and Yates suffered massive head injuries. Both are listed in critical condition. Corral suffered a broken skull and cuts to his face, while Barton suffered a broken arm and facial trauma. Knight was the only occupant of the Cavalier who did not suffer serious injury. She still suffered back and neck injuries. The 17-year-old driver of the SUV was uninjured and could face charges, officials said.
My heart goes out to the seriously injured victims in this crash. I hope and pray that the critically injured Madruga and Yates make a complete recovery. I also wish Barton, Corral and Knight the very best for a quick and full recovery. Please keep these injured victims in your prayers. I certainly hope these young people have not suffered catastrophic injuries.
If the details of this news report are accurate, it seems to me that the driver of the GMC Yukon was traveling too fast given the conditions. The news report states that traffic was slowing ahead of the SUV at the time of the crash. Obviously, this young driver was not paying attention. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
How An Injury Lawyer Can Help
I trust officials are looking into why the SUV’s driver failed to see the slower traffic ahead of him. Was he speeding? Was he reckless or under the influence or distracted? Whatever the cause, the victims of this horrific crash and their families would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will keep abreast of this investigation and make sure that the victims’ legal rights and best interests are protected. Victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost earnings, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy and even long-term care.
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