A construction worker sustained injuries in a Newport Beach car accident after he was hit by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway. The Orange County Register reports that the injury collision occurred the morning of May 13, 2010 in the 8800 block of Pacific Coast Highway near the construction area of the El Morro trailer park. California Highway Patrol officials are looking into what caused the accident. The construction worker was airlifted to Mission Hospital’s trauma center for treatment.
My heart goes out to this construction worker and his family for what they are going through at this time. Based on this report, his injuries seem to have been quite serious, possibly critical. I hope he did not sustain any catastrophic injuries in this collision and pray that he makes a speedy and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 439 injuries involving car accidents in Newport Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 152 people died and 13,414 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2008.
Causes of the Accident
This news report does not offer much information about how or why this incident occurred. There are more questions here than answers. Where exactly was the construction worker standing or working at the time of the collision? Who was at fault in this case? Was the driver under the influence at the time? Was he or she distracted, speeding or otherwise driving recklessly at the time of the collision? I trust officials are investigating these and other factors in order to determine who or what caused this major injury collision.
Fault and Liability Issues
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, then, he or she could be held financially responsible for the accident and the injuries caused to the construction worker. Usually, car accident victims injured by someone else’s negligence can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other damages. The construction worker, if on-the-job at the time of the injury accident, will also be entitled to workers compensation benefits. In addition he may also seek compensation from the driver or other negligent parties responsible for causing his injuries.
Such accident victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Newport Beach car accident lawyer, who has also successfully handled third-party claims on behalf of injured workers and their families. The best personal injury lawyers will always offer a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation to victims and their families.
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