Darin Hardin Davenport, Alicia Gurnee Davenport: Darin Richard Hardin of Santa Cruz, Alicia Marie Gurnee of Santa Cruz Injured In Davenport Car Accident On Highway 1 Near South Creek Bridge
DAVENPORT, CALIFORNIA (August 14, 2019) – Two people identified as Darin Richard Hardin and Alicia Marie Gurnee were seriously injured in a head-on car accident on Highway 1 not far from South Creek Bridge.
California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. A man lost control of his car while heading southbound and drifted into the northbound lanes of traffic.
That driver continued until he collided with a vehicle being driven by Darin Richard Hardin who was with his passenger Alicia Marie Gurnee.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. An investigation into the cause of the head-on collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Head-on Collisions
Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of accidents that a person can be involved in. According to research by the NHTSA, “Head-on crashes are more prevalent in rural areas, making up 13 percent of all rural fatal crashes. In urban areas, head-on crashes are responsible for less than 7 percent of all urban fatal crashes.” A head-on crash can take place for a number of reasons:
- Drivers might become fatigued
- Drivers might fall asleep
- Drivers may fail to pay attention to the road ahead of them
- Drivers might leave a roadway due to poor road design
Drivers that cross double solid white lines an cause a head-on collision will typically be found at fault. According to California Vehicle 21460 (b), “If double parallel solid white lines are in place, a person driving a vehicle shall not cross any part of those double solid white lines, except as permitted in this section or Section 21655.8.” Victims of head-on collisions are often left with very serious injuries including:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Psychological trauma
Victims of head-on collisions will typically be able to seek legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Darin Richard Hardin and Alicia Marie Gurnee as they continue to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent accidents like this in the future. A center divider may have prevented this accident.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a head-on car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get all of the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.