One person was killed and four were hospitalized with injuries in a chain-reaction car accident in Huntington Beach.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the fatal multi-vehicle wreck occurred the afternoon of September 12, 2014 at Hamilton Avenue and Brookhurst Street.
Police say a driver pulling out of a church parking lot was struck by a
vehicle that was traveling east on Hamilton.
The initial crash resulted in several other vehicles being struck. One of the vehicles jumped a curb and into shrubbery where two homeless men were struck. One of them was killed and another was transported to a local hospital with major injuries.
Two women, 78 and 41, were hospitalized with moderate injuries and an 8-year-old girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities are looking into the cause of the crash including right-of-way issues. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact police at 714-536-5670.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the deceased and those who were injured in this crash. We wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Hunting Beach Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were seven fatalities and 1,054 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Huntington Beach.
In Orange County as a whole, 128 people died and 13,541 were injured due to traffic accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that this chain-reaction crash occurred when one of the drivers pulled out of a parking lot. Officials are still looking into who had the right-of-way in this case. Drivers pulling out of public or private driveways must yield right-of-way to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 21804 (a): “The driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, or from an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic.” Vehicles entering traffic “shall continue to yield the right-of-way to that traffic until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages 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 as well. An experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.