One motorist was hospitalized after he was seriously injured in an Orange auto accident, according to the Orange County Register in this article. The driver of a Mercedes Benz was traveling east on Orangewood. The Mercedes entered the intersection of State College when the light turned green. It was at that time that the Mercedes was broadsided by a Ford Excursion SUV, whose driver officials say, ran a red light.
Officials did not release the names of the injured victim or the driver of the Excursion. The driver of the Excursion denied medical treatment. A third vehicle, a Lexus, apparently sustained minor damage when the Mercedes lost control following the impact, Anaheim police officials said. Other motorists at the busy intersection, who witnessed the crash, said they saw the Mercedes enter the intersection when the light turned green and saw it get hit by the Ford Excursion. The driver of the Mercedes had to be cut out of his vehicle.
My heart goes out to this injured man who was so clearly the victim in this case. I wish him the very best for a quick and complete recovery. I’m relieved that this accident did not result in catastrophic or fatal injuries.
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic System, there were eight fatal auto accidents and 913 injury auto accidents reported in the city of Orange in 2006. In Orange County as a whole, 199 fatalities and 14,981 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents in 2006.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (www.iihs.org), in 2006, as many as 171,000 auto accidents, 144,000 injures and 887 fatalities were attributed to red light running. Public costs exceed $14 billion per year and more than half of the deaths in red light running crashes involve other motorists and pedestrians, not the red light runner. And that’s exactly what happened in this Orange broadside crash as well.
If the newspaper report and eyewitness accounts are accurate, the driver of the Ford Excursion, who caused this accident by blowing through the red light, must be held financially responsible for the accident and the injuries he caused. The injured victim in this case, the driver of the Mercedes, should contact an experienced Orange County auto accident attorney to find out more about his rights and legal options. This injured victim would be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, damage to his vehicle and lost wages.