Man Seriously Injured In Orange County Auto Accident
A 69-year-old man suffered serious injuries in an Anaheim auto accident the morning of March 12, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. Anaheim police officials say that a BMW 530i driven by the 69-year-old man was traveling east on Water Street and stopped at a stop sign at Anaheim Boulevard. Drivers on Anaheim do not have a stop sign. The driver of the BMW then continued to cross Anaheim east on Water when he was struck by a white Mazda Navajo traveling south on Anaheim. The driver of the BMW was taken to an area hospital. He is said to have suffered major head injuries. The 40-year-old driver of the Mazda complained of pain but was not hospitalized.
I hope the elderly driver of the BMW who has been hospitalized with major injuries has a quick and complete recovery. Going by this news report, it is indeed fortunate that lives were not lost in this Anaheim auto collision.
According to California Highway Patrol's 2006 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were 38 deaths and 2,210 injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents in Anaheim. In Orange County as a whole, 199 fatalities and 14,981 injuries were attributed to auto accidents during 2006.
In this particular accident, the driver of the BMW had stopped at the stop sign before proceeding. It is not clear from this account how the driver of the Mazda missed seeing the other car in time. The news article also does not mention if the Mazda had been speeding. Obviously the driver could not stop before striking the BMW. If I were representing this case I would look into any visual obstructions or dangerous conditions that exist at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Water Street and contributed to this accident.
The injured victim's family would be well-advised to contact an experienced Orange County auto accident attorney who will be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway/intersection caused or played a part in this major injury auto accident. If that is the case then the city of Anaheim could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. Please remember that any claim against a government agency or public entity in the state of California must be properly filed within six months of the accident.