Two people were injured in an Orange County car accident the morning of December 7, 2009, a crash that officials say was caused by drivers going too fast in the rain. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the collision involved six vehicles that were heading east on Bake Parkway in Lake Forest. A gray colored Nissan Altima was initially rear-ended, pushed on to the sidewalk and the grass embankment. The Altima was hit by a white car, which officials say fled the scene of the crash. A silver Acura crashed into the back of the white car. Another Nissan Altima then, ran into the Acura and was in turn, hit by a Chevy pickup truck. That Chevy truck was struck by a Dodge pickup.
Drivers Leave the Scene of the Accident
The Acura also left the scene of the accident, but officials located the vehicle a few blocks away. Its driver is still being sought. The drivers of both the Nissan Altimas were taken to an area hospital with injuries. Police are looking for the driver of the white car, who is believed to have caused the initial rear-end collision as well as the driver of the Acura, who also fled the crash scene. Authorities are saying that speed and wet roads were contributing factors in this incident.
My heart goes out to the two injured victims of this Lake Forest car accident. I hope their injuries were not major and that they recover quickly and completely from their injuries. It is indeed fortunate that this car accident did not result in catastrophic injuries.
Orange County Car Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there was one fatality and 211 injuries involving car accidents in Lake Forest, California. In Orange County as a whole, 178 people died and 14,185 were injured as a result of car accidents in Orange County.
In this particular case, it appears that the driver of the white car, who rear-ended the Nissan Altima, caused this chain-reaction crash and then fled the scene. Hit-and-run is a serious crime under California law. Drivers who are involved in car accidents are required to stop at the scene of the accident, by law, and exchange information with the other parties including insurance, identification and contact information.
Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will make sure that their rights are protected. Accidents involving multiple vehicles and several victims can be extremely complicated. Please do not talk to insurance adjusters or attorneys for other parties without, first, consulting your own lawyer. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer should also tell victims about how their car insurance policy will apply to an accident involving hit-and-run drivers or when the at-fault parties are uninsured or underinsured.
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