One person was injured in a car crash in Santa Ana after his car was rear-ended by another vehicle. According to a news article in The Orange County Register, the injury crash occurred the morning of July 11, 2012 in the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway at East Main Street. California Highway Patrol officials say the driver of a Honda Civic was taken to a nearby hospital after a Mazda pickup truck hit his vehicle from behind and pushed it into a Chevy Tahoe. The Honda was crushed between the SUV and the pickup truck. The nature and extent of the victim’s injuries is not known at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this car crash. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 11 fatalities and 1,359 injuries occurred in 2009 involving Santa Ana car accidents. Also, during the same year, 141 people died and 13,393 were injured as a result of Orange County car accidents.
Laws and Liabilities
Based on this news report, the driver of the Mazda pickup rear-ended the Honda pushing the vehicle into an SUV. It is not clear at the moment why the pickup truck’s driver was unable to avoid the collision. Rear-end accidents are often caused by drivers following too close behind another vehicle or by distracted drivers.
California Vehicle Code Section 21703 states: “The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway.” California Vehicle Code section 21704 also states that the driver “shall keep the vehicle he is driving at a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear of any other motor vehicle subject to such speed restriction which is preceding it.”
In this particular case, if the driver of the pickup truck is found to have been at fault, then, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused here. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana Personal Injury Lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.