At least two people were injured in an Irvine auto accident after a driver ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle, The Orange County Register reports in this news article. The injury auto accident occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on January 27, 2009 when the driver of a silver Chrysler sport utility vehicle ran a red light while exiting the northbound off-ramp of the San Diego (405) Freeway and crashed into a Mitsubishi that was headed east on Jeffrey Road. Emergency personnel transported at least two people to the hospital, but they did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
I’m relieved that no one suffered catastrophic or fatal auto accident injuries. This could have been a lot worse. I wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to statistics from the California Highway Patrol, there were 11 fatal traffic collisions and 869 auto accidents involving injuries in Irvine in 2006. In Orange County as a whole, 199 deaths and 14,981 injuries were reported as a result of auto accidents during that same period.
In Orange County, much as in the rest of the country, red light running is a huge problem. The urge to “beat the light” causes way too many traffic collisions, many that result in unnecessary tragedy and heartbreak. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, in 2006, as many as 171,000 auto accidents, 144,000 injuries and 887 fatalities in the United States were attributed to red light running. Public costs exceed $14 billion per year and more than half of the deaths in red light running crashes involve other motorists and pedestrians, as opposed to the person who broke the law.
The injured victims in this Irvine traffic collision should be talking to an experienced Orange County auto accident attorney who can advice and inform them about their legal rights and options. A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look at all factors that may have caused or contributed to a crash such as other vehicles that were involved, a dangerous condition on the roadway or a hazardous intersection. If the person who caused the crash in this case was on-the-job or running an errand for someone at the time of the accident, then the employer or the person he or she was running the errand for, could also be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries.