Five people, including a 12-year-old, were injured in a car crash in Long Beach after two vehicles collided at a street intersection, the afternoon of September 10, 2012. According to a news article in The Press-Telegram, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Willow Street and Earl Avenue. Police say a woman who was driving a pickup truck east on Willow tried to turn north into a shopping center parking lot and collided with an Acura that was westbound on Willow.
The impact sent the Acura crashing into a power pole. The 12-year-old girl who was standing on the sidewalk near the pole was apparently struck by debris. She was transported to an area hospital with injuries. Also injured were three men in the Acura, two of whom had to be extricated. None of the injuries is believed to be life threatening. Officials are looking into the cause of the crash.
My heart goes out to the injured victims here. I’m relieved to hear that none of the victims sustained critical injuries. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to the 2010 California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 27 fatalities and 1,877 injuries occurred as a result of Long Beach car accidents. During the same year, 530 people were killed and 50,513 were injured in Los Angeles County car crashes.
Fault and Liability
Based on this news report, the driver of the pickup truck attempted a left turn before striking the oncoming vehicle. It is not entirely clear whether the driver of the pickup failed to yield the right of way to the Acura before making that 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.” I trust officials are looking into whether the woman should have yielded the right of way and also whether impairment, distracted driving, inattention or some other form of negligence played a part.
In such cases, the injured victim and his or her family can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, and pain and suffering. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.