Two people were seriously injured in a Laguna Beach car accident, which officials said, involved two vehicles. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury crash occurred the night of February 8, 2016 on Coast Highway near El Morro Elementary School between a Ford Explorer and a Dodge Grand Caravan. A man and a woman in the Explorer, ages 19 and 20, were both ejected from the SUV and seriously injured.
A 10-year-old girl and a 30-year-old person in the SUV had minor injuries. A 70-year-old woman in the Caravan, who was the sole occupant of that vehicle, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries. No citations or arrests were reported. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 122 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Laguna Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 165 people died and 13,837 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this two-car collision. Did one of the drivers lose control of the vehicle and cause a head-on crash? Did one of the drivers attempt to make an unsafe turn near the school? Did alcohol or drugs play a part in this incident? Was one of the drivers distracted, inattentive or fatigued? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Steps Victims Can Take
In such cases, it is important the accident victims take several steps to protect their rights. First and foremost, they should file a police report and obtain a copy for their records. Getting prompt medical attention for their injuries will help document their injuries and the treatment they received. It is also critical to gather evidence at the scene including physical evidence, photographs of the accident scene and contact information for eyewitnesses. Preserve all invoices and receipts connected to the incident and injuries sustained.
Contact an experienced Laguna Beach personal injury lawyer who will fight for your rights and help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your losses. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.