A cement truck collided with two other vehicles sending three people to the hospital with life-threatening injuries the morning of February 25, 2016. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred near the 73 Freeway off-ramp and Newport Coast Drive between a garden truck and a cement truck. The cement truck toppled over into southbound lanes and fell onto to one of the vehicles involved. Three people were taken to an area hospital with traumatic injuries. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. We wish them all the very best for a speedy and full recovery.
Traffic Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were nine fatalities and 447 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Newport Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 165 people died and 13,837 were injured due to traffic accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to which one of the drivers caused this devastating accident, the driver of the garden truck or the cement truck. There are a number of unanswered questions here. Was one of the drivers speeding or operating the vehicle recklessly? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Did a distracted or inattentive driver cause this major injury collision? Did a dangerous or defective roadway condition play a part? These are some of the questions that need to be answered in order to determine precisely who or what caused this crash.
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. In this particular case, the employer of the driver who caused the crash can also be held liable. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
An experienced Newport Beach personal injury attorney will be able to stay abreast 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.