A head-on car accident in Santa Ana left five people injured on Easter Sunday, including two critical injuries.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of Raitt Street and Monte Vista Avenue on the morning of April 17. Three vehicles were involved in the crash, officials said.
Ongoing Investigation into Head-On Car Accident
Five people were hospitalized with injuries ranging from moderate to critical, according to fire officials. Two people remained in critical condition. Further information about how the head-on car accident occurred was not released by police. Fire crews had to pull one person from the wreckage. A white BMW sedan, and a red Nissan SUV, both with smashed front ends, remained at the intersection Sunday afternoon, the Register reported.
One woman at the scene said she was in the first lane to turn left and saw a car speeding behind her. She said the driver of that car moved to her left to avoid hitting her, and ended up going into opposing lanes of traffic and striking an oncoming vehicle. The circumstances of the head-on car accident are still under investigation. No arrests or citations have been reported.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Head-On Collisions Can Be Devastating
A head-on car accident is when cars that are driving in opposing directions crash front to front. Any car accident has the potential to result in serious injuries. But head-on crashes are even more likely to result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities because of the force and violence with which they occur.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2017, there was a 58% fatality rate for vehicle occupants in front collisions. Some of the most common causes of head-on collisions include driving under the influence, distracted driving, drowsy driving (falling asleep at the wheel), speeding, and unsafe passing.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, at-fault drivers can be held financially liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana car accident lawyer for a free consultation. The best car accident lawyers in Orange County will conduct a free case review and ensure the victim’s legal rights and best interests are protected.