Two Injured in Three-Car Collision
Driving codes governing how drivers travel around schools are in place to protect children as well as other motorists. Drivers should never have to be reminded why these laws exist. If only that was always true. The Modesto Bee reported yesterday a three-car collision in front of a high school in Modesto around 11:25 a.m.
A truck and another car were stopped at a red light on Patterson and Claus roads in front of Riverside High School, when a third vehicle crashed into them. This caused the middle car to collide into the truck. Two people were injured as a result, neither of who were students. Both were taken to the hospital. There is no information available as to why the approaching vehicle did not stop behind the others.
Given the severity of the crash, it would appear that the third vehicle had been speeding in a school zone. This is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 22358.4! If the vehicle had been going at the legal speed of 15 to 20 miles per hour, the accident may not have been as severe. So far, there is no information as to whether the driver was under the influence. Nevertheless, distracted driving of some sort seemed to play a part in this collision. Otherwise, the driver would have slowed and stopped their vehicle in time. With this in mind, the third driver appears to be the only at-fault driver in this collision.
Take care to always keep extra vigilant, especially when driving near school zones. One moment’s distraction can cause a lifetime of consequences.