Three people were injured, including one critically, in a Lake Forest car accident after two cars collided at a street intersection. According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred at the intersection of El Toro and Jeronimo roads the morning of January 2, 2014. One of the victims, a man, who had to be extricated from the vehicle, was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries. The man’ son was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the second car, a woman in her early 20s, sustained mild neck and back injuries. Officials are still investigating the cause of the incident.
There were three fatalities and 154 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in Lake Forest, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 148 people died and 14,029 were injured due to traffic collisions during the same year.
What Caused This Collision?
Based on this news report, the two-car collision occurred at a street intersection in Lake Forest that is monitored by traffic lights. In such cases, a number of questions arise with regard to what caused the accident. Did one of the drivers run a red light? Did one of the drivers fail to yield the right-of-way or make an unsafe turn at the intersection? Did alcohol, drugs, distracted or fatigued driving play a part in this crash? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Lake Forest personal injury attorney who will 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.