A woman was injured in an Orange County car accident when her silver Toyota Camry was involved in a collision with a Jeep Wrangler and a white Ford van. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the car crash occurred on the southbound 5 Freeway, near the Brookhurst Street exit in Anaheim, the morning of September 15, 2011. Two cars initially hit into each other as they merged into the same lane. It is not quite clear how the third vehicle was involved or if anyone other than the female driver of the Camry was injured. My thoughts and prayers are with the woman injured in this Orange County car accident. I wish her the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
Orange County Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 23 people were killed and 1,970 were injured in Anaheim car accidents. During that same year, 141 fatalities and 13,373 injuries occurred due to Orange County car accidents.
What Caused This Car Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the collision occurred when two or more vehicles were merging into the same lane of the freeway. It is unclear if one of the drivers made an unsafe lane change. California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
In this particular case, I trust officials are also looking into whether impairment, distracted driving, speed or inattention caused this crash. Victims of Orange County car accidents may seek financial compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim. Car accident victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will better advise victims in such cases about their legal rights and options. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.