A 15-year-old boy sustained critical injuries in a San Diego car accident involving an elderly driver who lost control of his van. According to a 10News report, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Rose Street in Escondido, the afternoon of June 15, 2011.
Officials say the teenager was on his bike and waiting to cross the street when the northbound Chrysler Town and Country van swerved off the roadway and struck him. The vehicle also hit a traffic light pole and a building before coming to stop. The boy was airlifted to an area hospital with severe injuries. The motorist told officials that he lost control while trying to make a left turn from Rose onto Grand. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to this injured teenager and his family for what they are going through at this time. I sincerely hope the young man has not suffered life-threatening injuries and wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. He and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 10 fatalities and 732 injuries involving car accidents in Escondido. In San Diego County as a whole, 246 people died and 13,527 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it is not quite clear why the elderly driver lost control of the van. Was he taking the turn at a high rate of speed? Did his age, health or physical condition play a part in this injury crash? Was he under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication? Was he distracted or fatigued at the time? Did he have a valid license? Was he reckless or negligent in any other way? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused to this teen. Injured victims can seek compensation in such cases for all medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, surgery and rehabilitation. Victims or their families would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will help them better understand their legal rights and options.
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