Alexander Nguyen, 69, was killed in a Stanton car accident after his vehicle collided with an SUV at a street intersection.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car accident occurred the afternoon of November 15, 2015 at the intersection of Fern and Cerritos avenues in Stanton.
Police say Nguyen was driving with his wife in a Honda CR-V traveling south on Fern Avenue when he stopped at a stop sign at the Cerritos Avenue intersection.
Officials said Nguyen then proceeded through the intersection when a man in his 30s driving west on Cerritos in a white SUV
slammed into the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Nguyen’s vehicle was struck as he drove across the line, police said. Vehicles on Cerritos Avenue don’t have a stop sign and the driver of the SUV was not required to yield.
Nguyen died at the scene while his wife and the driver of the other vehicle were transported to an area hospital. Both are expected to survive.
Alcohol or drugs were not factors. No arrests or citations were reported. An investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Nguyen’s family. We also wish the injured the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 113 injuries reported in Stanton car accidents.
In Orange County as a whole, 165 people died and 13,837 were injured as a result of traffic accidents during the same year.
Fault and Liability
Based on this news report, it appears that Nguyen did stop and attempt to yield to traffic on Cerritos. However, he did not see the SUV about to cross the intersection.
Officials may be looking into how fast the SUV was traveling. It is also important in such cases to determine visibility at the intersection or if there was a dangerous condition there.
In such cases, injured victims or families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.