One woman was injured in an Orange County car accident the morning of September 22, 2010 after her car collided with a police vehicle at an intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the crash occurred at the intersection of Batavia Street and Chapman Avenue when a police car with two officers and two prisoners collided with a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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Crash Causes Injuries
The Orange Police Department car was traveling south on Batavia as it entered the intersection and the Jeep Cherokee was going east on Chapman. Orange police say the driver of the Cherokee may have run a red light. She was taken to a local hospital with injuries. The two police officers sustained minor injuries while the arrestees were uninjured. California Highway Patrol officials have taken over the investigation since Orange police were involved in the crash.
I hope the driver of the Cherokee did not sustain catastrophic injuries in this car crash. I wish her and the two injured police officers the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Red Light Law
Based on this news report, police say the woman driving the Cherokee appears to have run a red traffic light at the intersection. Driving through a red light, though a common traffic violation, is a serious one. 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.”
Fault and Liability
If the woman is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries and damages. If the police officer is determined to have failed to yield right-of-way, then he and the police department could be held liable for the woman’s injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation from the at-fault party for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to stay on top of the investigation and make sure that the victims’ legal rights and best interests are protected. It is also important to remember that under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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