Three people were injured in a Trabuco Canyon car accident on Live Oak Canyon Road, very close to where two teens died in a car crash two weeks ago, The Orange County Register reports. California Highway Patrol officials said the car accident occurred the afternoon of April 20, 2009 when a Long Beach Yellow Cab Co-op minivan heading south on Live Oak clipped the left front end of a northbound box truck.
The minivan then crashed into the left side of the truck another time pushing the truck off the road. The minivan taxi’s engine caught fire as the occupants were still trapped inside. Luckily, Christopher Lorenzi, a park ranger, who happened to find the truck versus minivan collision as he was on his way home, helped the victims by putting out the fire and freeing them. The 50-year-old man driving the taxi was taken to Mission Hospital in critical condition as was a female passenger, 18.
My heart goes out to the victims who were seriously injured in this car crash. I hope and pray that they make it through this tough time and recover quickly and completely from their critical personal injuries. Please keep these injured victims in your prayers.
Live Oak Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon is rapidly becoming notorious for vehicle collisions. Two weeks ago, two teenage boys lost their lives when a 2008 Mustang GT they were in crashed into a tree. Eyewitnesses to this incident reported that the minivan was traveling about 35 to 40 mph, weaving back and forth on the road and that the box truck was going at 35 mph and carrying about 5,000 pounds of metal.
In this case, based on the newspaper report, it seems as if this car crash could have been the Yellow Cab driver’s fault. In such cases, the taxi company, the driver’s employer, could be held liable for personal injuries suffered by passengers. Be it a bus transit authority, charter bus company or a taxi company, these businesses owe the highest “duty of care” to their passengers. People who take these means of transportation count on their drivers to take them to their destination, safely. If this taxi driver was driving recklessly or driving under the influence, both he and his employer should be held accountable.
The injured victims in this case would be well-advised to consult experienced Orange County car accident attorneys, who can help investigate the facts and determine who should be held accountable for this horrific accident. A skilled California personal injury attorney will also be able to look into whether a dangerous condition on this roadway — known for multiple crashes just over the last few months – may have contributed to this accident. If that is the case, then the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable. Any claim against a governmental agency in California must be filed within six months of the accident.