Five teenagers were injured in a Santa Ana car accident involving pedestrians, which officials say, was caused by an unlicensed, underage driver operating under the influence. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the young driver was speeding along the 1600 block of South Greenville Street the morning of July 13, 2017 when he lost control of the silver Honda Accord, veered onto the sidewalk and plowed into two teen pedestrians. The car then slammed into a pole.
All five people involved in the accident – the driver, the pedestrians and two passengers in the Honda – were taken to area hospitals. At least two were trauma patients. One person reportedly had a broken leg, but none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, officials said. The driver’s name has not been released since he is a minor. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured victims of this horrific crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Crashes Involving Teenagers
Summertime is considered to be the deadliest time for teen drivers. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day mark the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, between 2010 and 2014, more than 5,000 people have died in crashes involving teen drivers in those 100 days. A new study also showed that nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involved distracted drivers. Speed and alcohol are also often factors in these types of collisions.
Laws and Liability Issues
According to California Vehicle Code Section 23136: “It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 years who has a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or greater, as measured by a preliminary alcohol screening test or other chemical test, to drive a vehicle.”
In addition to facing criminal charges and penalties, drunk drivers may also be held financially liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable attorney will also be able to advise victims about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.