Roman Mercado, 23, was seriously hurt and another suffered injuries in a San Diego car accident after a car and a bus collided head-on the afternoon of August 12, 2009, 10news reports. California Highway Patrol officials said the car accident occurred near Olive Hill Road on State Route 76 in Bonsall, California when an eastbound 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by Mercado, drifted into an oncoming lane for unknown reasons and crashed head-on into the bus. Mercado was trapped in the wrecked Sebring with severe injuries to his left leg. He was airlifted to an area hospital. One of 10 passengers who were riding in the North County Transit District bus suffered injuries. No one else was hurt.
I’m relieved to hear Mercado’s injuries are not life threatening or catastrophic and also that no one on the bus was seriously injured. I wish both the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
San Diego Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 268 deaths and 14,641 injuries involving car accidents in San Diego County.
In this particular case, the question of course, is why Mercado crossed over to opposing lanes of traffic and struck the bus. Officials say alcohol or drugs were not factors in this crash. In such cases, it is important to explore other factors such as an auto products defect or a mechanical malfunction that may have caused the accident. Mercado would be well-advised to preserve the crashed vehicle, unaltered, so it can be examined by an expert for auto product defects, mechanical problems and other evidence.
If this accident was caused by a vehicle defect, Mercado may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the defective product. If Mercado was at fault for the accident, the injured victims on the bus may be able to seek compensation from him for their injuries and related damages.
Contacting an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
In any such injury accident case, car accident victims will certainly benefit by consulting an experienced California personal injury lawyer. A skilled injury attorney will analyze all aspects of the case, determine who or what caused the crash and make sure that the negligent individuals or entities are held accountable for their actions. The best California personal injury law firms always offer a free and comprehensive initial consultation to injured victims and their families.