Two people were injured after an Orange County Transportation Authority bus and two other vehicles were involved in a crash in Mission Viejo on the morning of Dec. 20.
According to a report in The Orange County Register, the crash occurred near Alicia Parkway and Jeronimo Road with an SUV that flipped upside down on the center median as a result of the impact, police said.
The two people who were injured were occupants in the passenger vehicle and at least one of them was hospitalized, officials said. There were a few passengers on the bus with no injuries. The bus was stopped at the time of the crash. Police said the crash “happened mostly behind the bus and one of the other vehicles was pushed into it.” It is not yet clear what led up to the crash. Police said speed might have been a factor. The investigation is ongoing.
We are relieved to note that the two people who were injured in this crash did not suffer life-threatening injuries. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, officials say one of the drivers may have been traveling at an unsafe rate of speed when he rear-ended the stopped vehicles. 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.”
Multi-vehicle collisions are typically more complicated because they potentially involve several parties, insurance companies, and attorneys. Injured victims in multi-vehicle collisions would be well advised to refrain from rushing into agreements or talking to insurance companies before they have consulted with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.
Please do not sign any papers or give insurance companies access to your medical records. The best personal injury law firms always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.