Last Wednesday afternoon, a car accident involving three vehicles on the 5 Freeway in San Clemente left 10 people injured. The crash was triggered when a northbound Dodge failed to slow down for traffic and rear-ended a Nissan, the impact sending it into a Mercedes-Benz. The injuries the six occupants of the Nissan sustained ranged from minor to serious; all were transported to Mission Hospital to receive treatment. The four occupants of the Dodge suffered minor injuries and were also taken to a local hospital, while the driver of the Mercedes was not hurt in the crash. Authorities are investigating whether inattentive driving contributed to the collision, explains an Orange County car accident lawyer.
San Clemente accounted for 144 of the 18,867 fatal and injury motor vehicle traffic accidents suffered in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident statistics. That year, the number of deaths suffered in crashes in the state decreased by 10.3 percent, from 3,434 in 2008 to 2,081. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as “any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.” In 2009, 20 percent of collisions that resulted in injury were attributed to inattentive driving.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the 10 people injured in the car accident on the 5 Freeway in San Clemente last Wednesday a full recovery.
The Orange County Register originally reported this collision.
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