Woman Suffers Serious Injury in Capitola Car Crash with Garbage Truck

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 18-Nov-2010

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that a traffic accident involving a garbage truck and a Mercedes SUV occurred on Tuesday, November 16, in Capitola at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 1 and 41st Avenue.

According to police, witnesses of the Capitola car accident report the garbage truck ran a red light and struck the sports utility vehicle as it turned left onto 41st Avenue. The woman driving the Mercedes SUV was seriously injured in the Capitola car crash, and suffered injuries to her pelvis, ribs, and shoulder. She was transported via helicopter to a San Jose hospital and is currently listed in stable condition.

Police and detectives in the Capitola police department are asking anyone with information regarding the Capitola car accident to call their anonymous tip line at 831-475-2791.

Far too many motorists on the road operate their vehicle in an unsafe manner and put other motorists at risk of being involved in a traffic accident. When operating a motor vehicle, you should never assume that other motorists will obey traffic laws, like stopping at red lights. Good defensive driving techniques include the following:

  • Always look in all directions when approaching an intersection, leaving enough time to react if another motorist isn’t driving safely
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Always use turn signals, and use them in advance of turning, rather than right before
  • Always follow cars at a distance of two seconds; if weather conditions are poor, follow back even further
  • Always check behind your shoulder and side mirrors before changing lanes
  • Always remember to slow down when road or weather conditions aren’t ideal
  • Always stop at least one car-length behind another vehicle
  • If you ever are unsure of who has the right-of-way at an intersection, yield to other motorists

Driving defensively can help prevent Capitola car accidents from occurring, and save you from suffering serious personal injuries such as broken bones, fractures, internal bleeding, brain injuries, paralysis, or even death.

For over 15 years, the Capitola car accident attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates have served the Silicon Valley and all of Northern California. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by another’s negligence and have obtained millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. If you have been injured in a car accident in Capitola caused by another driver’s negligence, our lawyers are available to talk with you about your legal options. Call us today at (800) 900-0863 for a free consultation on your Capitola car crash case.

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