At about 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, nine people were injured in a semi crash on the I-5 in San Clemente, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling northbound, the semi jackknifed at Camino de Estrella, crashed through the center divider, and collided with at least seven vehicles. Emergency responders had to extricate one victim from the wreckage, transporting the nine injured, including two children, to area trauma centers. Authorities are investigating the crash, which left debris scattered across the freeway for about 300 feet and closed four lanes for hours, snarling traffic for more than 15 miles.
Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 153 people in San Clemente in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked San Clemente 86th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Large trucks were involved in 5 of the fatal and 351 of the injury accidents that occurred in Orange County that year.
In California, when a motor vehicle collision results in trauma, the victims may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information on the civil claims process after an accident, please call 866-981-5596.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the nine people who were injured in the semi crash.