One person was hospitalized with injuries after an Orange County car accident the morning of August 17, 2010, The Orange County Register reports. Fullerton police officials say the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Placentia Avenue in Fullerton. The crash involved a Ford Explorer and an Acura 3.5 RL. A woman in the Ford SUV required hospitalization and the driver of the Acura was treated at the scene. At this time no citations have been issued. An investigation is ongoing.
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I sincerely hope the occupant of the Ford has not suffered catastrophic injuries. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this crash. I wish them the very best for a complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 743 injuries involving car accidents in Fullerton. In Orange County, 152 people died and 13,414 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it is not quite clear whose fault this accident was. However, we do know that this crash occurred at a street intersection. In such cases, it is very likely that one of the drivers failed to yield right-of-way to the other or ran a red light. According to California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.” Running a red light is also a serious traffic violation under California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a).
Injured victims in such cases could seek compensation from the at-fault driver to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and other related damages. It would be in the best interests of victims to seek the counsel of an experienced Fullerton car accident lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions.
A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims about how their auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a comprehensive initial case evaluation at no charge to injured victims and their families.
What precautions do you take at street intersections to avoid such collisions?
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