A 7-year-old boy was critically injured in a Garden Grove car accident after he was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bike on a neighborhood street. The Orange County Register reports that the major injury collision occurred the evening of March 28, 2010 on El Prado Avenue near the 22 Freeway. Apparently, the boy was dragged a short distance by the Ford F-150 pickup truck, after the collision. The driver of the truck — 47-year-old Kha Huynh, stopped at the scene. The child was taken to an area hospital where he remains in a coma, in the intensive care unit. Authorities say the boy was not wearing a helmet at the time.
My thoughts and prayers go out to this little boy who is apparently fighting for his life. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. According to a family member who commented on the Register’s web site, the child has sustained a traumatic brain injury. Please keep this boy and his family in your prayers.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
There were no fatalities, but 57 injuries occurred involving bicycle accidents in Garden Grove, California, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 10 fatalities and 1,087 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents in 2008.
Accident Causes and Liability Issues
I trust officials are looking into who or what caused this tragic accident. There are several questions that arise with regard to the driver, Huynh. Was he impaired or speeding at the time of the collision. Was Huynh distracted or otherwise negligent right before this accident occurred? Was he unable to avoid the collision because the boy suddenly rode his bike across the road or rode right into the path of Huynh’s vehicle? The boy’s family deserves the answers to these important questions.
The young victim’s family in this case would be well-advised to contact an experienced Garden Grove personal injury lawyer, who will advise them about their legal rights and options. Victims and their families, in such cases, can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, rehabilitation, physical therapy and cost of long-term care. If Huynh was found to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. If there was a dangerous condition on the roadway that caused this collision, the city could be held liable as well. Any claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident or injury.
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