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Orange County Multi-Vehicle Crash


Two Hurt in Orange County Multi-Vehicle Crash

Two people – Ohannes Yagjian, 83 and Thomas Jepeway, 56 — suffered critical injuries in a Huntington Beach auto accident the morning of March 31, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. Six vehicles were involved in the crash that occurred at the intersection of Warner Avenue and Newland Street. It happened when a Honda sedan driving east collided with a northbound white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in the intersection, Huntington Beach police said.

Both Yagjian and Jepeway were taken to area hospitals in critical condition. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash, but say that it was not alcohol-related. Officials are asking anyone who saw this accident to call their traffic bureau at 714-536-5670.

Based on this news report, it appears that the Honda was going east on Warner and the Toyota Tacoma was going north on Newland. Who is determined to be at fault for this accident will depend on who had the right-of-way at the time of this auto accident. Running a red light is a serious traffic violation in California. There are various California Vehicle Code sections that are part of what we commonly refer to as “rules of the road.” These code sections address motorists’ behavior at intersections, especially those controlled by traffic signals.

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.”

If you believe you have been the victim of a serious auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence or failure to obey the rules of the road, please call an experienced Orange County auto accident attorney, who can explain your legal rights and options. If the party is determined to have been negligent, you could be eligible for compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages or earnings and other damages. A skilled personal injury attorney will also be able to look into whether there was a dangerous condition on the roadway or intersection that caused the accident. In such cases, the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that it is important to file a claim against a California governmental agency within six months of the accident.

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