Two people were injured in a car crash in Santa Ana, which officials say involved two vehicles, the morning of July 16, 2012. According to The Orange County Register, the injury crash occurred at the intersection of Seaboard Circle and Westminster Avenue involving a Dodge pickup and a Toyota Camry. The driver of the Dodge pickup was headed south on Seaboard when he turned left onto Westminster Avenue and struck the Camry, which was westbound. The impact of the collision caused the Camry to land on its roof. The driver and female passenger of the Camry were transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was not cited and was released at the scene.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), in 2009 there were 11 fatalities and 1,359 injuries involving car accidents in Santa Ana. During the same year, 141 people died and 13,373 were injured as a result of Orange County car crashes.
Based on this news account, the driver of the Dodge pickup truck made a left turn in front of the Camry and may have failed to properly yield the right of way. It is not clear if he made an unsafe left turn in front of the other car. 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.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver of the Dodge is determined to have been at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the victim’s damages. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.