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UPDATE: Michelle Gorman Injured In San Carlos Car Accident After Being Hit By Left Turning Van Along Boulder Lake Avenue


Jan 12, 2019

Michelle Gorman San Carlos: Single Mother Seriously Injured After Van Making Left Turn From Navajo Road To Boulder Lake Avenue Ran Into Her

SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA (January 11, 2019) – A woman from San Carlos identified as  Michelle Gorman was seriously injured after she was hit by a van while she was in the middle of a crosswalk by Navajo Road and Boulder Lake Avenue. 

The driver of the van was turning left at the time that he hit the victim. Good Samaritans sprang into action and began providing assistance to Michelle Gorman. She was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

According to Michelle Gorman’s Go Fund Me Page, “The force of the hit fractured my back in 6 places. I had to have a portion of my intestines removed due to damage. My appendix was also removed. I lost over a pint of blood and suffered many cuts and bruises. I spent the next 5 days in the hospital.”

She faces extensive medical bills and has had to miss work due to her injuries. An investigation into the San Carlos car accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Left Turn Accidents

Pedestrians in a marked crosswalk have the right of way. Drivers should yield if they are intending to make a left turn, according to California Vehicle Code 21801. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Drivers making left turns can become distracted as they try to focus on oncoming traffic. Pedestrian accidents can leave victims with lasting injuries and high medical bills. Depending on the facts of any case liability may extend beyond the driver of a vehicle. 

Cities like San Carlos have a responsibility to design, construct and maintain roads that are reasonably safe. According to California government code 835, a city may be liable for an accident if the plaintiff establishes that it was in a dangerous condition and “created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury which was incurred.” A car accident attorney can evaluate the specific facts of your case and let you  know if you have a claim that can be pursued. 

Getting Help From A Pedestrian Accident Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers offer our deepest sympathies to Michelle Gorman as she continues to recover. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me campaign that has been set up to help with her medical expenses. It is our sincere hope that San Carlos city officials take steps to make sure that this intersection isn’t dangerous. 

Have you or someone that you love been injured due to the negligence of a driver turning left? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys can investigate your claim free of charge and let you know what your options are. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free investigation into your case we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.

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