Two women were injured in a Costa Mesa car accident after two vehicles collided at a busy intersection the morning of August 6, 2013. The Daily Pilot reports that the incident occurred at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Sunflower Avenue. Police say a white Ford Explorer SUV ran a red light broadsided an Infiniti G35 sedan at the intersection. The SUV was eastbound on Sunflower and collided with the sedan as it proceeded north on Harbor through the intersection as the signal turned green.
Witnesses told police that the Infiniti had the green light when the driver entered the intersection. The SUV’s driver, a 58-year-old Huntington Beach woman was transported to a local hospital and was cited for a red light violation. The sedan’s driver, a 51-year-old Newport Beach woman, was transported with injuries as well. Both women complained of neck and back injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
Orange County Crashes
There were four fatalities and 752 injuries involving Costa Mesa car accidents in 2010, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, 100 people died and 13,368 were injured due to traffic accidents countywide.
Red Light Violation
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the SUV ran the red light at the intersection and broadsided the sedan whose driver had the green light. California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
I trust officials are looking into whether the driver who ran the red light was impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent. If the SUV’s driver is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused to the other driver. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.