Two drivers were injured in an Orange County car accident after their vehicles crashed at an intersection in La Palma. The Orange County Register reports that the accident occurred at the intersection of La Palma Avenue and Walker Street when a Honda Ridgeline collided with a Honda Civic the afternoon of March 2, 2010. Both drivers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.
I’m relieved to read that neither driver sustained major injuries in this car accident. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were no fatalities, but 77 injuries involving car accidents in La Palma. In Orange County as a whole, 152 fatalities and 13,414 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Street Intersection Accidents
Based on this news report it is not clear how or why this accident may have occurred. A number of car accidents at intersections occur when one driver is attempting to make a turn. Intersection accidents also occur because one driver may have failed to yield right-of-way or tried to “make it” through the light and in the process, may have run a red light. In such cases, the at-fault party can be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries.
California law is very specific about the requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn. 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.”
Contacting an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Injured victims in such cases where negligence may be involved would be well-advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the accident and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. Victims could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of physical therapy and other related damages.
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