One person was killed and two others were injured in an Orange County car accident after two pickup trucks collided at a Fountain Valley intersection, the Orange County Local News Network reports. The fatal car accident occurred the morning of February 20, 2010 at the intersection of Bushard Street and Heil Avenue as a Ford Ranger and a red-colored Toyota Tacoma that was southbound on Bushard, struck each other. The Ford truck was traveling east on Heil. A 40-year-old male passenger in the Tacoma was taken a local hospital where he died. The drivers of both pickup trucks were also transported to hospitals, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of the deceased victim for their devastating loss. I also hope the two injured victims here were not badly hurt and wish them the best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep these victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three fatalities and 377 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in Fountain Valley. In Orange County as a whole, 152 deaths and 13,414 injuries occurred involving car accidents in 2008.
Fault and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it is not clear how or why this car accident occurred. I trust officials are looking into who had right-of-way at this intersection. In most car accidents that occur at intersections, the focus is on the driver who failed to yield right-of-way. In this case, it is not clear which one of the drivers either failed to yield right-of-way or possibly ran a red light.
In such cases, victims, or their families, can seek compensation from the at-fault driver (or his or her insurance company), to cover medical expenses, lost earnings, cost of hospitalization, surgeries and other related damages. Families of deceased accident victims may file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to advise families about how to proceed in such cases, and how to protect their legal rights and best interests. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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