Four people were hospitalized with injuries in a Costa Mesa car accident after a driver ran a red light and struck several cars that were stopped at an intersection.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the collision happened the afternoon of January 22, 2015 at the intersection of Fair Drive and Newport Boulevard.
Police say a Chevy Tahoe ran the red light and
broadsided a Pontiac Bonneville. The vehicles hit four other cars at the intersection.
The driver who ran the red light, a man and his female passenger and one other person were transported to a local hospital. All those who were transported had neck and back injuries, officials said. Police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were involved. No arrests or citations were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
It is indeed fortunate that no one was critically injured in this crash. We wish all those who were injured the very best for a quick and full recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 800 were injured due to traffic accidents in Costa Mesa. In Orange County as a whole, 148 fatalities and 14,029 injuries were reported due to car accidents during the same year.
Red Light Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Chevy Tahoe ran a red light at the intersection and caused this crash that involved six vehicles.
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.”
Fault and Liability
In this case, the driver who ran the red light and caused the collisions could be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages that occurred as a result. Injured victims 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 attorney who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held responsible. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.