Davida Sullivan, 30, was critically injured in a Los Angeles car accident the afternoon of May 9, 2011. According to a City News Service report, the injury collision occurred on McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita, when the driver of a 1999 Mercedes-Benz, Sullivan, made a left turn into the Ralphs Shopping Center in Santa Clarita, in front of a northbound 2009 Chevy Silverado. Sullivan was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Chevrolet sustained non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to Davida Sullivan and her family for what they are going through at this time. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. I also wish the other injured driver a swift and full recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 11 fatalities and 552 injuries involving Santa Clarita car accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured in car accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, Sullivan pulled out in front of the other vehicle while attempting a left turn into a shopping center. It is not clear who had right-of-way at the time. California law is very specific about when and how motorists should make left turns or U-turns at street intersections.
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 Sullivan is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the other driver’s injuries. On the other hand, if the other driver is at fault, he or she could be held liable for Sullivan’s serious injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether this street intersection collision was caused by a dangerous or defective roadway. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Please remember that any personal injury claim against a governmental agency in California must be properly filed within 180 days of the incident.
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