Joshua Plunk, 32, from Porterville sustained major injuries in a Strathmore car accident that occurred on September 27, 2010, around 6:40 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, this auto accident occurred when a 2007 Honda Accord collided with the 2004 Ford F-250 which Plunk was driving east of Strathmore, approximately 200 miles north of San Diego.
Plunk was driving his pickup truck eastbound on Avenue 196 when a westbound Accord driven by Dustin Reed, 24, initiated a left hand turn into the path of the pickup truck at Road 256. Plunk suffered major injuries in this car accident and was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia for treatment. Two other passengers in the pickup truck, Danny Delussa, 38, and Rhett Mason, 29, sustained minor injuries in this car accident.
The Accord driver, Reed, fortunately, escaped unhurt. This traffic collision appears to be caused by an unsafe left-turn initiated by Reed, who failed to yield to the right-of-way to Plunk’s Ford truck. The law that applies to left turns is stated in California Vehicle Code Section 21801: “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.”
In such situations where another driver is likely responsible for a car accident resulting in major injury to another vehicle’s occupant, the injured victim would be well-advised to speak with an experienced Visalia car accident lawyer about the accident and the victim’s legal rights. An auto accident attorney can help victim acquire compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses.
We sincerely hope and pray that Plunk, Danny Delussa, and Rhett Mason recover completely from their injuries.