Seven people were injured, two critically, in a San Bernardino car accident, the night of August 17, 2011. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of Hook Boulevard and Rosemary Drive in Victorville. Two of the most seriously injured victims were airlifted to an area hospital. Five others were transported by ambulance to local medical centers. Officials are still looking into what caused this injury crash.
My heart goes out to everyone who was injured in this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 16 fatalities and 261 injuries due to Victorville car accidents. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 223 people died and 7,870 were injured in car accidents, during the same year.
Possible Stop Sign Violation
Based on this news report, it appears that this injury crash occurred at the street intersection. There is a stop sign on Rosemary Drive, but not on Hook Boulevard. It is not clear if the vehicle traveling on Rosemary failed to stop. California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault driver could be held liable for injuries and damages caused to the 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 advise to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.