A recent daytime crash near Modesto sent 8 people, including two young children, to area hospitals with injuries. Police who responded to the accident described the injuries of two of the victims as quite serious.
The accident happened at an intersection. One driver was heading west when another driver, heading north, ran through a stop sign. In the aftermath of the accident, one vehicle wound up upside down while the other vehicle left the road and went in to a metal fence.
There were two toddlers, ages two and three, who were in the vehicle that got hit. Fortunately, both of the children appeared to have suffered only minor injuries, although one had to be flown to the hospital. Sadly, the driver of the vehicle did not fare as well and suffered what police called major injuries.
The driver of the vehicle that ran the light, a 23-year-old man, reportedly suffered minor injuries. Police have indicated that he will be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in connection with this accident. He also faces other criminal charges. One of his passengers, a teenager, suffered major injuries.
In addition to the fact he is facing criminal penalties, the driver who ran the stop sign is likely at fault for this accident, especially since he was allegedly drunk or drugged at the time. His victims may be able to pursue him for compensation for their injuries via a personal injury lawsuit. Compensation can include money for items like lost wages and medical bills, as well as so-called non-economic damages like pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be available under these circumstances.