Three people were injured in a Simi Valley car accident, which officials say was caused by a driver who ran a stop sign at an intersection, the morning of February 25, 2012. According to a news report in the Ventura County Star, the injury collision occurred on Kuehner Drive near the 118 Freeway overpass. A woman driving a GMC minivan and exiting off the eastbound side of the 118 Freeway drove through the stop sign at the bottom of the exit ramp.
The minivan hit a full size GMC Sierra four-door pickup truck on the passenger side. The impact of the collision caused the minivan to tip over onto its side. A male passenger had to be freed from the back seat of the pickup truck. He was transported to an area hospital while the driver of the minivan and her daughter, between 10 and 12 years of age, were treated for cuts. None of the injuries is believed to have been life-threatening. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured in this crash. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), Simi Valley car accidents caused four fatalities and injured 370 people. During the same year, 57 fatalities and 3,421 injuries occurred involving Ventura County car accidents.
Stop Sign Violation
Based on this news report, the woman who was driving the GMC minivan ran a stop sign at the off-ramp. 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.”
If the driver of the minivan is determined to have been at fault, then, she can be held liable for the injuries suffered by the passenger in the pickup truck. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.