A Honda Pilot vehicle, occupied by three people ended up colliding head on with a Dodge Ram vehicle along Highway 18. The impact caused so much damage to the Honda that the occupants had to be extricated from the vehicle. Two females and one male were transported to local hospitals. According to the California Highway Patrol the collision occurred when the Dodge Ram turned left just as the Honda Pilot arrived at the point of impact.
This accident, like so many others involving left turn collisions, are sudden and can be serious. In nearly every instance, an intersection or head-on collision, is the result in one or both drivers violating a traffic law which are designed to keep the vehicles from colliding with each other. One of those laws, entitled: Left Turn or U Turn. That code basically says that a vehicle making a left turn must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching in the opposite direction and a left or U-turn must not be made unless it is reasonably safe to do so. Once the left turn driver has properly yielded to the other vehicles, then it begins its left turn, all other vehicles must then yield to the turning vehicle until it completes its turn and it is safe to continue.
In most instances, the vehicle making a left hand turn when there is not sufficient clearance to do so, will be found at fault for causing the collision. In turn, the driver who is at fault will then become responsible for the injuries caused to those involved in the accident. A thorough investigation of the accident, its causes, the damages caused in the traffic collision and the available insurance to help pay for all the damages are all an initial starting point to help the injury victims find relief, if that is ever possible.