A 41-year-old Anaheim man was killed in a fiery Irvine car accident on the 5 Freeway at Culver Drive in Irvine May 25, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. The man was apparently driving a red Chrysler in the number five lane when the car went off the roadway, hit a sign post before going down a dirt embankment and striking a large pine tree, California Highway Patrol officials said. The car burst into flames engulfing the victim and causing fatal personal injuries. The Orange County Coroner has not yet identified the deceased car accident victim.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this victim for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved him. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2007-sec8.pdf), there were eight fatal car accidents and 842 injury car accidents in Irvine. In Orange County as a whole, 178 fatalities and 14,185 injuries have been reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
Based on this news account, it is not quite clear what caused the Chrysler to go off the road. It is possible that the driver suffered a medical condition or fell asleep at the wheel. However, in this case, California Highway Patrol officials have not mentioned any of those factors yet and are still investigating the cause of the Irvine car accident.
Generally speaking, these types of Orange County car accidents happen for many reasons. It could have occurred as a result of a mechanical malfunction or a motor vehicle defect. When mechanical problems occur at freeway speeds, it becomes extremely difficult even for experienced drivers, to regain control of the car. In many instances, car product defects can trigger mechanical problems, which result in car crashes.
The family of this victim would benefit from a consultation with leading Orange County car accident attorneys, who will look into all the factors and the circumstances of this fatal car collision, determine the facts and the possibility of negligence. It is very important that the Chrysler be preserved in its crashed state, unaltered, so it can be examined by an expert for product defects, mechanical problems and other evidence.