Two children were hospitalized after an Anaheim car accident, the morning of May 10, 2012. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred near the intersection of Katella Avenue and Haster Street. A Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling north on Haster at about 40 mph when it rear-ended a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. The two injured children were in the Jeep. The male driver of the pickup truck did not suffer injuries. Police say the windshield of the Grand Cherokee cracked from the impact of the 10-year-old boy’s head striking it. He was apparently not buckled up and thrown forward. A 7-year-old girl was also injured. An investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the two children who were injured in this car accident. I sincerely hope that their injuries were not life threatening. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 23 fatalities and 1,970 injuries involving Anaheim car accidents. During the same year, Orange County car accidents caused 141 fatalities and injured 13,373 people.
What Caused This Rear-End Collision?
Based on this news article, the driver of the Jeep Cherokee rear-ended the pickup truck. Rear-end accidents are often caused by drivers following too close behind another vehicle or by distracted drivers. California Vehicle Code Section 21703 states: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” California Vehicle Code Section 21704 also states that the driver “shall keep the vehicle he is driving at a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear of any other motor vehicle subject to such speed restriction which is preceding it.”
I trust officials are also looking into whether excessive speed, distracted driving, or driving under the influence caused this accident. The relationship between the driver of the Jeep and the children is also not known. If it is determined that the Jeep’s driver was at fault, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. In such cases injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are preserved.