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Elderly Woman Killed in Huntington Beach Car Accident


Ruth Brown, 96, of Costa Mesa, was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident involving five vehicles. According to a City News Service report, the fatal car crash occurred at the intersection of Adams Avenue and Bushard Street, the morning of October 7, 2011. Officials say a 2005 Mercedes-Benz stalled in traffic and three vehicles came to a stop behind it. It was then that a 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor slammed into the back of the row of stopped cars. Six people were hospitalized in the chain reaction crash. The fatally injured woman was a passenger in a 2005 Toyota. It is unclear why the driver of the Mitsubishi was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to the friends and family of Ruth Brown for their terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers are also with the injured victims of this crash. I wish them all the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 13 people were killed and 993 were injured in Huntington Beach car accidents. During that same year, there were 141 fatalities and 13,373 injuries reported due to Orange County car accidents.

Possible Accident Causes

Based on this news report, it is not quite clear why the driver of the Mitsubishi was unable to slow down or stop in time to avoid this tragic car accident. Was the driver distracted or inattentive? Was the driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Was speed a factor in this collision? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

Liability Issues

In this particular case, if the driver of the Mitsubishi is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for the resulting injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims and families of deceased car accident victims in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.

Car Accident Attorneys in Huntington Beach

Many people in Orange County do not make complete stops when they approach a stop sign and are ticketed on a frequent basis. Do you feel that this deserves a ticket?

Of course!
No way!
Only if something bad happens

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