Three people were injured in a car accident in Irvine that involved two vehicles early morning on May 14, 2017. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Warner Avenue and Culver Drive. It took firefighters 25 minutes to extricate a male driver trapped inside one of the cars. He was transported to an area trauma center for treatment of his injuries. His female passenger and the male driver of a second vehicle were also hospitalized with injuries. The nature and extent of their injuries is not known.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all who were injured in this Irvine crash. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
There were nine fatalities and 920 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Irvine, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 165 people died and 13,837 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the collision occurred at a large intersection, which is monitored by traffic lights. There are a number of questions here. What caused this three-car collision? Did one of the vehicles rear-end another at the light? Did one of the vehicles run a red light or fail to yield the right of way? Did alcohol, drugs or excessive speed play a part in this crash? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault motorist can be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities and pain and suffering. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Irvine car accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
There are steps victims of car accidents should take immediately after a crash. File a police report and make sure you keep a copy for your records. Get prompt medical attention and treatment for your injuries. Secure information from other parties involved in the crash and get contact information from eyewitnesses. Take photographs of the accident scene and any injuries suffered by you or your passengers. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.