A Newport Beach police officer sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident after he was hit by a vehicle at a local intersection, The Orange County Register reports. The crash happened the morning of July 26, 2010 at the intersection of Ford Road and Newport Hills Drive, when the driver of an Oldsmobile Cutlass turned left in front of the police officer’s motorcycle that was northbound on Ford Road. The officer suffered serious injuries, but is expected to survive. An investigation is ongoing.
I’m relieved to hear that this police officer did not suffer any catastrophic injuries here. I pray for his quick and full recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
There were six fatalities and 439 injuries involving car accidents in Newport Beach in 2008, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In Orange County, 152 people died and 13,414 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
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.”
Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced Newport Beach personal injury lawyer who will analyze all facets of this crash and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable. In this case the officer was on-duty. So, he will also be entitled to workers compensation in addition to third party compensation from the at-fault driver. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
What are some of the precautions you would take at street intersections in order to avoid collisions?
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