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Street Intersection Collision in Fresno Injures Driver


A woman was injured in a rollover accident after her SUV crashed into another vehicle at a Fresno street intersection. The Fresno Bee reports that the collision happened the morning of August 19, 2010 at the intersection of Shields and Van Ness avenues. The SUV crashed into a pickup truck, which was going north on Van Ness. The SUV was eastbound on Shields. The SUV rolled over several times and came to rest against a wall. The driver of the SUV was hospitalized with unknown injuries while the driver of the truck was uninjured.

I sympathize with the injured victim in this case. I hope she has a speedy and complete recovery from whatever injuries she has sustained in this crash. Please keep her in your prayers.

Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year, 10,000 people in the United States die in rollover accidents. That accounts for 25 percent of all fatal car accidents nationwide. In Fresno County, 127 fatalities and 3,323 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2008, according to CHP’s traffic accident statistics.

Yielding Right-of-Way

Based on this news report, it appears that one of the drivers either failed to yield right-of-way or may have run a red light at this street intersection. California Vehicle Code 21800 requires the driver of a vehicle to yield right-of-way at an intersection to any vehicle “which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”

Running a red light is also a serious traffic violation under California law. 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.”

Claim for Compensation

In such cases, injured victims would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable for their actions. Car accident victims or their families can seek compensation from the at-fault party for injuries, damages and losses sustained in the crash.

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The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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