Arturo Mercado Jr., 25, was killed in an Orange County car accident after his vehicle crashed into a flood control channel, the night of August 27, 2011. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car crash occurred on East Orangethorpe Avenue, near North Miller Street in Anaheim. Mercado lost control of a 2003 Nissan Altima on a narrowing curb lane and his vehicle ended up in a drainage ditch. Investigators are trying to determine if speed was a factor in this crash.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Arturo Mercado Jr. following this tragic car accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

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, Orange County car accidents claimed 141 lives and injured 13,373 people.

What Caused This Fatal Crash?

Based on this news report, it is not quite clear as to how or why this fatal car accident occurred. There are several questions that still remain. Was speed a factor in this crash? Did a dangerous roadway condition play a part in this car accident? Was there an auto defect or mechanical malfunction, which may have caused or contributed to this fatal injury crash? Were any other vehicles involved? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine what occurred here and why.

Liability Issues

In such cases, families of deceased victims would be well-advised to preserve the vehicle in its crashed state, unaltered, so that an expert can examine it thoroughly for product defects, malfunctions and other evidence. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, victims' families can seek compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will better advise victims' families 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.