One person was transported with injuries after three cars collided at a Newport Beach intersection. The Daily Pilot reports that the injury crash occurred at the intersection of East Coast Highway and Newport Coast Drive the afternoon of March 15, 2013.
Fire officials say a majority of the vehicles’ occupants were unoccupied. Debris was scattered throughout the intersection and one person was taken to Hoag Hospital. The nature or extent of the victim’s injuries is not known. The investigation is ongoing.
Newport Beach Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 450 were injured as a result of Newport Beach car accidents. In Orange County as a whole, 100 fatalities and 13,368 injuries were reported due to car crashes during the same year.
What Caused This Intersection Crash?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this Newport Beach car crash. There are still several unanswered questions here.
Did one of the drivers run a red light at the intersection? Did one of the vehicles fail to yield the right-of-way or make a dangerous turn? Did alcohol, inattention or distracted driving cause or contribute to this incident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Laws and Liability Issues
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.” According to California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Newport Beach personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.