California police say they were already monitoring a particular area where a head-on collision took place on a recent Saturday night. Investigators say that large numbers of vehicles were gathering in the area, and police were ordering them to disperse to prohibit them from having a sideshow. A sideshow is a demonstration of vehicle stunts that drivers often have in San Francisco where they gather in vacant lots or public intersections to perform car stunts.
Police were trying to break up a sideshow
On this particular evening, police were telling drivers to leave a parking lot and head back onto the highway. Just before 10:30 p.m., a 23-year-old man allegedly made an unsafe passing maneuver. Police say that this is likely what caused him to crash head-on into another vehicle.
Excessive speed may have been a causal factor in the collision
A preliminary investigation determined that the man was traveling at a high rate of speed when he struck the other car. Both he and the other driver suffered injuries upon impact, and paramedics transported them to a local hospital for emergency care. The man deemed responsible for the collision was also carrying a female passenger at the time. She suffered serious injuries in the crash but is likely to survive.
Recourse to justice for recovering accident victims
The driver of the vehicle that hit the other car is now facing criminal charges for reckless driving resulting in injury. In California and all other states, a recovering accident victim may seek compensation for damages by filing a personal injury claim against a person or people whose negligence caused his or her injuries. With regard to motor vehicle collisions, if a driver was distracted at the time or exhibiting reckless behavior, such as traveling above a posted speed limit, anyone who suffered injury as a result of a collision with that vehicle may have grounds to seek financial recovery for their losses in court.