A woman was hospitalized with injuries after a car accident in Anaheim involving three vehicles. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred at the intersection of Euclid Street and Ball Road the morning of September 29, 2016. Police said a black Honda Accord blew through the intersection and struck a white Toyota Solara and a silver Honda Accord.
The woman who was in the Solara sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the silver Accord was also injured, but not transported to a hospital. The driver of the black Accord and his female passenger reportedly lost consciousness. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor. They are still investigating the incident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured in this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
There were 18 fatalities and 2,244 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Anaheim, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 165 people died and 13,837 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Possible Red Light Violation
Based on this news report, it appears that one of the drivers ran a red light at the intersection and struck two other vehicles causing some of the injuries. It is illegal to disregard a red light at an intersection. 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
When a driver runs a red light and causes a collision, that amounts to negligence and recklessness. Running a red light is a violation of the rules of the road. In addition to being cited, red light runners who cause accidents can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.