A female passenger was injured in an Anaheim car accident, which officials say may have involved a driver making an unsafe lane change. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the accident occurred on the westbound 91 Freeway near North State College Boulevard, the morning of February 8, 2012. Officials say the driver of a Toyota 4Runner made an unsafe lane change into the carpool lane and sideswiped a Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata overturned and two other vehicles collided as well. A passenger in the Sonata was injured. It is not clear if others were harmed in this four-car collision or if the driver of the 4Runner will be cited for causing the crash.
My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim of this Orange County car accident. I wish her the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Orange County 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, 141 fatalities and 13,373 injuries occurred involving Orange County car accidents.
Unsafe Lane Change
Based on this news report, the chain reaction crash occurred because the driver of the Toyota made an unsafe lane change into the carpool lane. California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.