August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- California freeways are known worldwide for their traffic. With so many vehicles on the road, accidents are bound to happen. Some are mere fender-benders, while some are much more serious. Unfortunately, other accidents are fatal. On July 30, an accident
occurred in Mission Valley which left a girl dead and three injured, including two other children.
A nine-year-old Santa Ana girl died following a two-vehicle wreck on July 30. The girl was a passenger in the backseat of a minivan that was rear-ended by a pick-up truck. According to CBS 8, the driver of the truck said he did not have time to brake as he approached the minivan. Witnesses said that the minivan had stalled as it headed north on I-805 and so it was motionless in the lane when the truck struck it. This accident demonstrates why a motorist must always be aware of the distance between his or her vehicle and the vehicles ahead of it.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the girl died at the scene. Firefighters had to cut away the roof of the vehicle in order to get to the passengers trapped inside. Paramedics transported two other children to Rady Children's Hospital. In addition, an adult in the minivan was taken to another hospital. The extent of the injuries of the other three occupants of the minivan are unknown.
Most recent traffic statistics contain good news
The California Highway Patrol compiles information about the traffic accidents that occur on roads throughout California. The most recent year for statistics have been released is 2010. Despite the tragedy and sorrow that each fatal accident brings, the 2010 numbers show that California's roadways are becoming a safer place to drive.
In 2010, CHP data revealed that there were 2,520 fatal collisions. This is the lowest number of traffic-related fatalities in 80 years. One reason for this number may be the fact that more and more Californians are taking precautions while driving. Seat belt use is more common in California than almost any other state in the country, with the exception of Oregon, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Although a traffic accident occurs every minute and 16 seconds in the state, the majority of these incidents are not fatal. It is much more likely that an accident will result in injuries rather than death.
Despite these encouraging numbers, transportation officials agree that the number is still too high. Paying attention, driving at a safe speed, leaving a safe distance between cars and not drinking before driving are all ways to make roads safer. If you are in a motor vehicle accident that was the result of another driver's negligence, contacting a personal injury attorney can help. An experienced lawyer will help you recover compensation for your injuries, including damages for pain and suffering and loss of income, among others.
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