Two people were injured in an Anaheim car accident after their vehicles collided at a street intersection, the morning of June 6, 2012. According to The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of La Palma Avenue and North Blue Gum Street. Police say that a man, who was driving a Nissan Versa, was eastbound on La Palma when he turned left into oncoming traffic colliding with a westbound Honda Accord, driven by a woman. Both cars spun from the impact. The drivers of both vehicles were transported to area hospitals. The extent of their injuries is not known. Officials, based on preliminary investigations, say the driver of the Versa may have made an unsafe left turn. The investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of 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 23 fatalities and 1,970 injuries as a result of Anaheim car accidents. During the same year, 141 people died and 13,373 were injured due to Orange County car accident.
Unsafe Left Turn
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Nissan Versa made an unsafe left turn and failed to yield the right-of-way to the oncoming Honda Accord. 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.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver of the Versa is determined to have been at fault, he can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, physical therapy and pain and suffering. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.