Jane Lagman, 26, sustained moderate injuries in an Orange County truck accident that occurred January 13, 2010 after her Toyota Celica became lodged underneath a big rig on the 5 Freeway in Anaheim. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Lagman had to be extricated by firefighters. California Highway Patrol officials say they are not clear exactly how Lagman’s vehicle became pinned under the large truck on the southbound 5 Freeway near Magnolia Avenue. Lagman was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries.
My heart goes out to this woman who seems to have suffered serious injuries. I truly hope Lagman’s injuries are not critical. I wish her the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep this injured victim in your prayers.
Traffic Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 30 fatalities and 2,006 injuries involving car accidents in Anaheim, California. In Orange County as a whole, 178 deaths and 14,185 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents during the same year.
This news report does not have much information about how or why this incident occurred. What caused this car versus big rig accident? Whose fault was it? Did the driver lose control of the car? Was the big rig parked illegally on the freeway? If the big rig driver is determined to be at fault, both he and his employer could be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
Truck Underride Crashes
This incident is also typical of what happens in an “underride” crash where a vehicle strikes a higher chassis truck, goes under the truck and a “passenger compartment intrusion” occurs. Big rigs are required to have bumpers about 40 cm (20 inches) above the ground in order to prevent such “underriding.”
These types of truck accidents could result in serious brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or death. The Department of Transportation safety standards and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require these rear impact guards on full trailers and semi-trailers over 10,000 pounds. This applies to vehicles manufactured on or after January 26, 1998.
In such cases, it would be important to look into whether the big rig involved complied with state and federal law. Victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who is highly skilled in handling truck underride accidents. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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