A 3-year-old girl was killed and her father critically injured in a collision in Orange after a car slammed into a bus stop, the afternoon of January 12, 2013. According to a news article in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred on Tustin Street at Taft Avenue. The motorist, a 29-year-old man, was in a Kia Soul with his 5-year-old son at the time. He told police that he had swerved to avoid a car that cut him off, before going over the curb and into the covered bus stop.
The young victim was waiting at the bus stop with her parents. A woman who was passing by tried to resuscitate the girl, but was not successful. The girl’s father was severely injured, but is expected to survive. Her mother was not injured. Police do not believe alcohol is a factor. The investigation is ongoing.
There were no fatalities, but 41 injuries involving pedestrian collisions in Orange in 2010, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). During the same year, 32 people died and 770 were injured due to Orange County pedestrian accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, the driver of the Kia Soul told police officers that he was cut off by another vehicle and lost control. There are still several questions that remain to be answered here. Were there any witnesses who saw the other vehicle cut off the Kia? Did anyone get a partial license plate number or description for the other vehicle? How fast was the driver of the Kia traveling at the time? Did distraction or inattention play a part in this accident? I trust officials will be looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In this particular case, if the driver of the Kia is found to have been at fault, he can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death and her father’s significant injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation from the at-fault party for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
The family of a deceased accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages as well. An experienced Orange County personal injury attorney will be able to stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the rights of the victims and their family members are protected.