One person was injured in an Orange County car accident after his vehicle was struck by another car at a street intersection in Santa Ana, California. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the accident occurred the morning of September 11, 2009 at the intersection of Bear Street and Segerstrom Avenue. Santa Ana police say a silver Dodge minivan going north on Bear collided with a white Oldsmobile that was headed east on Segerstrom. The minivan rolled on its side, trapping the 59-year-old driver and his 17-year old passenger inside. The driver of the Oldsmobile fled the scene of the accident on foot. The 59-year-old man complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital. The teen was not injured.
I’m glad that no one was catastrophically injured or killed in this street intersection accident. I wish the injured driver of the Dodge the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him in your prayers.
Orange County Car Accident Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 24 deaths and 1,468 injuries involving car accidents in Santa Ana, California. In Orange County as a whole, 178 deaths and 14,185 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
Based on this newspaper report, police officials say they are not sure yet who was at fault for this California car accident. However, the driver of the Oldsmobile who fled the scene, will most likely face criminal hit-and-run charges for leaving the scene of the accident. California law requires motorists to remain at the scene of the accident, whether or not the car accident was their fault.
California Car Accident Law
According to California Vehicle Code section 20001: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
In such cases, injured victims would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will make sure their legal rights are protected and that they get fair compensation for their injuries, damages and loss. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer should also advise victims on how the uninsured/underinsured clause of their car insurance policy will apply to a hit-and-run accident or in an accident where the at-fault party does not have insurance.