The California Highway Patrol received a report of an accident involving serious injuries early this morning. They arrived on the scene to find two teenage females trapped inside a totaled 2005 Nissan Altima. After extricating them from the wreckage, the girls were sent to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana for treatment. The accident occurred on the 17th Street onramp to the southbound 55 Freeway in Tustin. No other vehicles were involved. CHP took the underage driver into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these two girls during this difficult time. We would like to wish the girls a smooth and timely recovery.
After over 35 years of working with the victims of automobile accidents, we at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie are quite alarmed by the circumstances of this one. Not only were the girls too young to be drinking, one of them decided to get behind the wheel of a car. The injuries they sustained from the crash were severe; they could have been fatal. These girls were very lucky to have survived. We hope, as they recover from their painful injuries over the next few months, they reflect upon the harm they could have caused another driver and family.
Impaired driving is a serious problem in the United States. Someone dies every 45 minutes in an automobile accident involving alcohol. Young people have the highest risk of being injured or dying in an alcohol-related crash. However, the age groups most frequently involved in such accidents-21 to 24 year olds, followed by 25 to 34 years olds-do not include minors. That is what is so troubling about this morning’s accident. The driver was so young. Time will tell if this incident is an anomaly or signifies the beginning of a new trend. We hope the former will prove to be true.
If you have been injured in an accident in which the negligent driver was impaired and you need legal advice, feel free to call us at 866-981-5596. If someone you know needs the help of an experienced California Injury Lawyer, feel free to give him or her our number.