A driver may have sustained serious injuries in an Orange County car accident, after a crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the driver of the a Jeep was traveling on Pacific Coast Highway, near Niguel Road, the evening of December 13, 2009, when the vehicle crashed into a tree and rolled on to its side. The driver was thrown out of the vehicle and a female passenger was trapped inside. She was pulled out of the Jeep by firefighters. The extent of the victims’ injuries is not known although both were transported to area hospitals. Officials are still investigating the cause of this accident.
My heart goes out to these two victims who have been injured in this crash. I wish the victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery. They will certainly be in my prayers.
Orange County Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 94 injuries involving car accidents in Dana Point. In Orange County as a whole, 178 deaths and 14,185 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
Based on this news report, it is not clear what caused this injury car accident. There are more questions than answers here, at this point. What caused the driver to lose control of the Jeep? Was there a vehicle defect or a malfunction in the Jeep? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle? Were there other factors such as impairment, fatigue or reckless driving? Was this accident caused by the negligence of another driver, for example, was this vehicle run off the road or cut off by another driver?
Seat Restraint System Failure?
The news article also states that the driver of the Jeep was ejected from the vehicle on impact. That brings up the question of whether the driver was buckled up at the time. Or was the driver ejected because of seatbelt defects that caused the seat restraint system to fail at the time of the crash? It would be in the best interests of these car accident victims to consult with a reputed Orange County car accident attorney, who has successfully handled auto product liability cases involving seatbelt defects and other auto product defects. The vehicle, in this case the Jeep, should be preserved, unaltered, so it can be carefully examined for malfunctions, auto product defects and other evidence.
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