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Injury Car Accident May Have Involved Unsafe Left Turn


Karla Arteaga, 20, was severely injured in a Tulare car accident that may have involved a driver making an unsafe left turn. According to a news report in the Visalia Times Delta, the serious injury accident occurred at Newcomb and Olive avenues in Porterville the night of April 14, 2011. Arteaga was driving her 1992 BMW when a Ford F-150 pickup truck made a left turn in front of her vehicle at the intersection. Arteaga sustained major injuries in the accident. The driver of the Ford, 42-year-old David Bochat, 42, and his passenger were uninjured. No citations have been issued pending an official investigation.

My thoughts and prayers are with Karla Arteaga following this serious injury car accident. I wish her a complete and speedy recovery from her injuries.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), four people were killed and 195 were injured in Porterville car accidents. During that same year, there were 65 fatalities and 1,724 injuries reported involving Tulare County car accidents.

What Caused This Intersection Accident?

Based on this news report, the driver of the Ford turned left in front of the BMW. 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.”

Liability Issues

If the driver of the Ford is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. A knowledgeable California personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise injured victims about how their auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured. The best personal injury law firms will always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to injured victims and their families.

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