On Saturday, January 15th, three people were tragically killed in a multiple-car crash in Newport Beach. According to news reports, nine vehicles and one motorcycle were involved in the 2:45 p.m. collision at the intersection of Riverside and West Coast Highway. Two cars were found lying on their sides when the local fire department arrived and some people were trapped inside their cars.
Julie Allen, 27, of Newport Beach, was identified as one of the dead, according to City News Service. Her vehicle, reportedly a tan Ford Taurus, collided with a Toyota Tacoma pickup and other vehicles, according to police and the coroner's office. Killed in the pickup were Christopher De La Cruz, 49, of Laguna Niguel, and Linda Burnett, 69, of Santa Ana, according to City News Service. One person was taken to Western Medical Center in critical condition and is said to be "improving," according to a police department representative. Two people were taken to the hospital with possible broken bones and minor injuries. All of the injured were adults.
According to Newport Beach police Lt. Bill Hartford, the tan Ford Taurus sedan and Toyota Tacoma truck collided first. The initial crash then triggered eight other collisions. A motorcycle, convertible, truck and Volkswagen bug were among the other vehicles involved. Three fire engines, three medic units, one truck and one battalion chief from the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to the accident. The initial investigation by police suggests Allen's vehicle crossed over the center line on Coast Highway, striking at least four other vehicles.
See the full story and photographs at www.ocregister.com/news/crash-284316-truck-involved.html
It remains to be seen what the final determination will be in terms of the cause of this tragic accident. At least now, it appears the Allen vehicle crossed into opposing lanes of traffic, but it is not clear why this occurred. Assuming this was indeed the cause of the accident, a violation of the California Vehicle Code, then Allen's estate would be liable for the horrific damages caused. It may some period of time and likely require extensive accident reconstruction in order to determine the primary cause of this fatal collision.
Compensation for the victims of motor vehicle accidents should be an important concern for all Californians. When a driver negligently operates their vehicle, they should be held accountable for the injuries, damages and devastation they leave behind after an accident. An Orange County injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has nearly 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.
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