Veronica Castro, 26, was injured in a Los Angeles car accident after another vehicle struck her Ford Mustang at a street intersection. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and De Soto Avenue, in Woodland Hills, on September 22, 2011. Officials say Castro was driving southbound on De Soto Avenue and turning left onto Burbank Boulevard, when a northbound Honda struck the rear of her car. The impact sheared the Mustang in two. Castro was injured, as was the driver of the Honda. They were both transported to an area hospital, and are expected to survive.
It is truly fortunate that no one was critically injured or killed in this horrific crash. I wish the injured victims 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 227 fatalities and 25,043 injuries involving Los Angeles car accidents. Countywide, car accidents claimed 554 lives and injured 50,817 people during the same year.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, witnesses told officials that the 21-year-old male driver of the Honda may have gone through a yellow or red light at the intersection. Officials also believe that, based on the intensity of the crash, the Honda was traveling at a high rate of speed. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” It is also illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) to drive through a red light.
Fault and Liability
I trust officials in this case are also looking into whether the driver of the Honda was under the influence, distracted, driving recklessly, or otherwise negligent. If he is determined to have been at fault, then, he could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.
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