Three people were hospitalized with injuries following a Long Beach car accident involving two vehicles. According to a news report in The Press-Telegram, the injury car accident occurred on Spring Street near the 605 Freeway in Long Beach the afternoon of January 26, 2011.
A 27-year-old female driver and a 9-year-old boy sustained minor to moderate injuries when their 1992 Toyota Cressida was cut in half after the accident. The male driver of the other car, a 1998 Corvette, sustained moderate to serious injuries. Officials say preliminary investigations show that the driver of the Corvette was traveling at about 100 mph when he went through a red light on Spring at the northbound entrance to the 605 Freeway. The Corvette struck the Toyota, which was entering the freeway on-ramp. Witnesses apparently told officials that the Corvette was racing with another car shortly before this horrific accident. No arrests have been made pending an official investigation.
It is indeed a miracle that the woman and her son survived this car accident despite what occurred. This could have turned into a heartbreaking tragedy. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 27 people were killed and 1,881 were injured in Long Beach car accidents. During that same year, there were 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries reported as a result of Los Angeles County car accidents.
Violations of the Law
If this news account is accurate, the driver of the Corvette violated a number of laws. He was speeding at more than 100 mph on a public roadway. He was racing with another car on a public roadway and he ran a red light before he slammed into the side of the Toyota.
California Vehicle Code Section 23109 (a) states: “A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device. For purposes of this section, an event in which the time to cover a prescribed route of more than 20 miles is measured, but where the vehicle does not exceed the speed limits, is not a speed contest.”
In such cases, the at-fault driver could be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages caused to victims. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
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