When a personal injury victim seeks compensation from the person who caused his or her injuries, the victim need not prove that the defendant did so on purpose. In personal injury litigation in California, the plaintiff must show that the defendant was negligent. Intent is generally not a factor.

Negligence can take many forms, especially on the road. A road can be poorly maintained, or a driver can create a dangerous situation and, without necessarily meaning to, allow serious harm to come to other people.

Three people were seriously hurt in Costa Mesa when they were hit by an SUV on a recent night. Police believe the driver of the SUV was involved in a street race when the car accident occurred.

The victims, two adults and a child, were all in the same vehicle. They passed the scene of the race, which allegedly was between the SUV and a pickup truck. According to police, the SUV ran a red light and crashed into the victims’ car before slamming into a fence.

Fortunately, the car’s occupants all survived. Their injuries were described as not life-threatening, but they had to go to the hospital for treatment. The exact nature of the injuries is unclear. Without knowing more, it is possible that some or all of them are facing a long, painful road to recovery — or, perhaps, permanent disability.

The SUV’s driver, a 21-year-old woman, was questioned by police. Though she was not arrested, an officer expected that she would be charged with street racing and reckless driving.

Source: KCAL-TV, “3 Injured In Costa Mesa Street Racing Accident,” Sept. 16, 2014