At least four people, including two children, were injured in a chain-reaction car accident in Anaheim the morning of January 9, 2014.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred on the 57 Freeway north of Ball Road.
California Highway Patrol officials said a flatbed truck traveling south on the freeway was changing lanes as traffic was slowing in front of a vehicle.
The truck was unable to
stop in time and rear-ended a black Toyota Camry.
This collision set off a chain reaction involving a Ford Expedition, a Ford Explorer, a gray Toyota Yaris and a red Camry.
A man and woman in front seat and a boy and baby girl in the back seat of the black Camry were injured. The girl was trapped in the car and had to be extricated by firefighters.
All were transported to an area trauma center. The nature and extent of their injuries is not known. No citations or arrests were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. There were 16 fatalities and 2,267 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Anaheim.
In Orange County as a whole, 148 people died and 14,029 were injured due to traffic accidents during the same year.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the flatbed truck may have made an unsafe lane change and triggered the chain-reaction crash.
California Vehicle Code section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
If the truck driver is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. If the person driving the truck was on the job, his or her employer can also be held liable.
Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.