Erin Joyce, 19, was killed in an Orange County car accident, after her car hit a tree and crashed. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Joyce sustained fatal injuries after her Honda Accord struck a tree in the center divider on University Drive between Ridgeline and Michelson the evening of December 14, 2009. Irvine police officials said Joyce died at the scene. This is the second time over the last few days, in the city of Irvine, that a driver died after hitting a tree in a center divider. On December 12, 2009, Michelle Rochwarger Vered died after her car struck a tree in a center divider on Trabuco and Keystone.

My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Erin Joyce. I offer my deepest condolences to her family and friends. Please keep them in your prayers.

Irvine Car Accidents

There were eight deaths and 842 injuries involving Irvine car accidents in 2007, according to California Highway Patrol's traffic accident statistics. In Orange County as a whole, car accidents claimed 178 lives and injured 14,185 people during the same year.

It is not clear, based on this news report, who or what caused this car accident. Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that led to this tragic car accident? Was there an auto product defect or a mechanical malfunction, which caused the crash? Were there other vehicles involved in this crash? For instance, was Joyce run off the road by another vehicle or was she cut off?

An Experienced Injury Lawyer Can Help

Joyce's family would be well-advised to consult a truly reputed Irvine personal injury lawyer, who has successfully handled auto product liability cases and car accident cases involving negligent drivers. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused this accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Any claim against a governmental entity in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.

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