A three-vehicle car accident in Huntington Beach left a 26-year-old man dead and two others injured.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Edwards Street the morning of October 4, 2014.
Officials who responded to the scene found that two men had been thrown from a green 1998 Ford F-150 onto the roadway.
The driver, 19, was injured. A 26-year-old man, who was
a passenger in the truck, was critically injured and died from his injuries.
Investigators say the Ford was headed west on Garfield when it struck a silver 2010 BMW X6, which was southbound on Edwards as it entered the intersection. At least one of the vehicles also collided with a 1980 Datsun, which was eastbound on Garfield.
The drivers of the Ford and BMW were transported to area hospitals with injuries, but are said to be in stable condition. No citations or arrests have been reported. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who saw the collision is asked to call police at 714-536-5666.
There were 12 fatalities and 979 injuries involving car accidents in Huntington Beach, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Orange County as a whole, 148 people died and 14,029 were injured due to traffic accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Cash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the car accident occurred at a street intersection in Huntington Beach that is monitored by traffic lights. There are several unanswered questions here.
Did one of the drivers run a red light at the intersection? Did one of the drivers fail to yield the right-of-way? Did excessive speed or recklessness play a part? Were alcohol or drugs involved?
We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault party can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship.
Victims and families in such cases would also be well advised to contact an experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.