Three people were injured in an Orange County car accident, which officials say, was caused by a driver who may have turned at a red light. According to a news article in The Orange County Register, the injury accident occurred at Antonio and Oso Parkways in Ladera Ranch, the morning of December 15, 2011. Officials report that a female driver in a Nissan Maxima made a left turn at the intersection as the light turned red, before colliding with a Lexus. The driver and two passengers in the Lexus were taken to a local hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The driver of the Maxima declined medical treatment. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the three injured victims of this Orange County street intersection accident. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Orange County Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), nine people were killed and 310 were injured in car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Orange County. During that same year, 141 fatalities and 13,373 injuries occurred due to car accidents, countywide.
Possible Red Light Violation
Based on this news account, witnesses to the crash have stated the driver of the Maxima turned left on a red light. 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.”
I trust officials are establishing whether the driver of the Nissan Maxima attempted the left turn against a red light. If she is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the injuries and damages sustained by the victims. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.