San Diego NEWS 6 reported that a woman was seriously injured when a dump truck ran a red light and collided with her vehicle. The accident occurred at around 9 a.m., at the off-ramp of state Route 163 at Kearny Villa Road, according to San Diego Police lieutenant Andra Brown. The unnamed 39-year old woman, who is a Clairemont resident and was driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla, was taken to a local hospital with major injuries.
Applicable California Law
California Vehicle Code 21453 requires the driver of a vehicle, when approaching a red signal, to stop before entering an intersection. In this particular case there is an allegation that the dump truck ran the red light, and the Toyota entered the intersection on a green light. However, without independent witnesses, liability will be determined by each party’s statement of facts. If there are conflicting statements, then the location of the vehicles relative to the intersection, phasing of the traffic signal, and the points of contact on the respective vehicles, could be used to determine liability. Analyses by experts on accident reconstruction and human factors will be used, if liability cannot be determined by the parties’ or witnesses’ statements.
When large vehicles, such as dump trucks, are involved in accidents, usually serious injuries result to one or more of the parties involved. Auto accidents, truck accidents, or any accident resulting in serious injuries, can be a life changing event. Before any action is taken by the injured victims, talking to an experienced personal injury attorney is critical.