Four people were injured in a car crash in Hemet, which officials say, involved two vehicles colliding at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the injury crash occurred the afternoon of July 26, 2012 when a Chevy van collided with a Ford Fusion at the busy intersection of State Street and Devonshire Avenue. The driver of the Fusion, Diana Vargas, was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the van was identified as Teresa Medina.
Officials say Medina was headed south on State Street when the van collided with the Fusion, which was eastbound on Devonshire Avenue. The van rolled over south of the intersection. Three teen passengers from the Chevy van were transported to area hospitals as well. Neither driver was immediately cited. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this collision. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 335 injuries involving Hemet car accidents. During the same year, 203 people died and 7,974 were injured due to Riverside County car crashes.
Based on this news report, this collision occurred at a street intersection, which is monitored by a four-way stop. It is unclear if one of the drivers failed to stop at the stop sign. California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution.
According to California Vehicle Code section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault motorist can be held liable for injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Riverside, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.