Three people were injured in a Long Beach car accident, which involved a two-car collision at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Press-Telegram, the injury crash occurred at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and McKenzie Street the night of April 29, 2012. A Volkswagen Jetta collided with a black pickup truck. Three people in the Jetta were taken to area hospitals. Officials said two of those victims suffered severe injuries and one other victim sustained moderate injuries. An investigation into the cause of this crash is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Long Beach Car Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 28 fatalities and 1,629 injuries reported as a result of Long Beach car accidents. During the same year, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured due to Los Angeles County car accidents.
Based on this news account, the accident occurred at an intersection, which is monitored by a one-way stop sign. Traffic on McKenzie is required to stop for through traffic on Cherry Avenue. It is not clear in this case if one of the vehicles failed to stop at the stop sign.
California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault party can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. If a dangerous intersection contributed to this collision, the city can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, a personal injury claim against the governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.