Two adults and two children suffered life-threatening injuries in a Seal Beach car accident, which officials say involved two cars. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred the afternoon of April 1, 2012 on the southbound 405 Freeway near Seal Beach Boulevard. California Highway Patrol officials say the two vehicles involved in the crash collided and one of the vehicles overturned onto the dirt embankment on the side of the roadway. Two adults and two children from the vehicle that rolled over were transported to area hospitals in critical condition. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries. Officials are still looking into what caused this accident.
My heart goes out to the critically injured victims of this car accident. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 172 were injured as a result of Seal Beach car accidents. During the same year, 141 fatalities and 13,373 injuries occurred due to Orange County car accidents.
What Caused This Car Crash?
Based on the news article, it is not clear what caused the two vehicles to collide on the freeway? Did one of the vehicles make an unsafe lane change? Was this the result of a rear-end collision? Was one of the drivers following too closely? Did alcohol, speed, distracted driving or some other form of negligence cause or contribute to the incident?
California Vehicle Code Section 21703 states: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” California Vehicle Code Section 21704 also states that the driver “shall keep the vehicle he is driving at a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear of any other motor vehicle subject to such speed restriction which is preceding it.”
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Seal Beach car accident lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.