Lorena Mancinas, 30, was killed in an Orange County car accident after her 2003 Chevy Tahoe SUV was hit by another car and crashed the afternoon of February 24, 2010. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Mancinas was driving in the westbound lanes of the 22 Freeway, near Glassell Street, and was ahead of a 2000 Toyota driven by Young Woo Lee, 26. The accident occurred as Lee made a lane change and struck the rear of the Chevy, California Highway Patrol officials said. The Tahoe spun off the roadway and went into a guardrail before rolling over numerous times. Firefighters had to cut into the vehicle to extricate Mancinas. Officials have not made any arrests yet, pending an investigation.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lorena Mancinas for their tragic loss. Please keep this family in your prayers during their time of grief.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine fatalities and 823 injuries involving car accidents in Orange. In Orange County as a whole, 152 deaths and 13,414 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents in 2008.
Liability Issues in this Accident
Based on this news account, it appears that the unsafe lane change made by the driver of the Toyota caused the fatal rollover accident. It is important here to determine whether Lee was under the influence, distracted, speeding, or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision. If he is found to be at fault for this horrific crash, he should be held accountable for the tremendous loss suffered by the Mancinas family.
Auto Product Liability Issues
If I were a member of Mancinas’ family, I would certainly preserve the Tahoe in its current condition, unaltered, and contact a reputed Orange County car accident lawyer who can have the SUV analyzed by an expert. A resourceful auto product defect law firm will have the vehicle thoroughly examined for product defects, malfunctions and other evidence.
If an auto product defect also contributed to the fatal injuries in an accident, the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective auto product can also be held liable. In such cases, a wrongful death claim can be filed by members of the deceased victim’s family against the auto maker or any other negligent party. Such claims seek compensation to cover funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
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