A traffic collision this morning on the westbound 91 freeway overturned a Hyundai Sonata and injured a female passenger in the car. According to a story in the Orange County Register, the accident was reported at 7:40 a.m., just west of North State College Boulevard. Citing official sources, the Register story indicated that witnesses said a Toyota 4Runner made an unsafe lane change into the carpool lane and sideswiped the Sonata, causing it to overturn and come to rest near the retaining wall. The other three vehicles damaged at about the same were possibly involved in a chain-reaction collision arising from the rollover.
See the Orange County Register story and photographs HERE.
Last night, at about 7:30 p.m., a female pedestrian was critically injured when she was struck during a hit-and-run accident in Orange County. According to the KTLA news story, the incident occurred on Bolsa Avenue, just west of Beach Boulevard, in the City of Westminster. Police are still looking for two men who fled the scene after crashing the stolen SUV, a white Lexis. The woman was struck on the sidewalk near a bus stop, and apparently the men in the Lexis fled on foot. The paramedics rushed the woman to UC Irvine Medical Center where she was listed in critical but stable condition.
See the KTLA story and photos HERE.
Automobile accidents like the ones above are unfortunately all too common. Aside from issues of fault and recovery from the injuries sustained, nearly all cases of this type are impacted dramatically by the insurance policies, or lack thereof, of the parties involved. For example, when the owner of a vehicle is injured in an accident, but he or she had no insurance on their car at the time, they are not entitled under California law to recover compensation for their pain and suffering. Generally, the only valid claim they possess against the at-fault party is one for the economic losses sustained, medical expenses and lost wages. Another scenario that is often present when an automobile accident occurs is a case in which the only applicable policy limits are inadequate to fully compensate the injured party for all of the injuries and damages sustained. For example, in a recent accident in Orange County, a young driver turned left into the path of an oncoming vehicle occupied by three women, one of whom was very badly injured. The worst injured passenger sustained an open (compound) fracture of the right arm for which surgery had to be performed. The medical expenses related to the surgery totaled more than $60,000.00, but the young driver's policy had a $25,000.00 limit. In the absence of other applicable insurance or the young driver having substantial personal assets (which was not the case), the badly injured passenger will unfortunately go without full compensation.
Compensation for the victims of automobile accidents caused by a careless or reckless driver should be an important concern for all Californians. When a party without fault is badly injured, the at-fault driver should each be held accountable for the injuries and damages they cause. An Orange County personal injury attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling automobile accident cases, including just this type. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in an automobile accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver?
Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.