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Woman Injured in Newport Beach Car Accident

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A woman was injured in a Newport Beach car accident, which officials say, involved two vehicles. According to a news article in Corona Del Mar Today, the injury crash occurred the afternoon of November 22, 2011 at the intersection of East Coast Highway and Marguerite Avenue in Corona Del Mar. Newport Beach police report an SUV and a Volkswagen were involved in the collision. One woman was transported to Hoag Hospital with unknown injuries. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the injured victim of this car accident. I wish her 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), there were four fatalities and 448 injuries involving Newport Beach car accidents. During the same year, 141 people died and 13,373 were injured due to Orange County car accident.

Right-of-Way Issues

Based on the news report, it is unclear how or why this car accident occurred. It is not clear if one of the drivers made an unsafe turn at the intersection or failed to yield the right of way. This intersection is monitored by traffic lights. In these types of accidents, it is possible one of the drivers ran a red light.

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.” Also, 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.”

Liability Issues

In such cases, the at-fault motorist can be held liable for injuries and damages caused. Injured victims 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 Newport Beach personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to car accident victims and their families.

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