A man was critically injured and two other victims suffered injury when a 1994 Honda Accord heading north on Nearing Drive ran into the back of a 2014 Ford Fusion who was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with Orangewood Avenue. The rear end collision drove the Ford Focus forward into a parked vehicle, and two of the occupants in the Fusion were also injured. There are questions regarding the state of mind of the driver of the Accord and police are investigating issues of driving under the influence and potential distracted driving due to cell phone usage.
The driver of the Honda Accord was unfortunately not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and was thrown from the vehicle. He suffered serious injuries and was in critical condition in an Anaheim hospital. The victims in the Ford Fusion were treated by medical professionals at the scene, and were evidently not transported after the accident. Unfortunately, the forces involved in a rear end collision are quite severe, and damage to the spinal column, neck and back may not fully present for weeks and in some cases months.
It is not unusual for accident victims to reassure their family, friends and co-workers after an accident that they are “ok.” After more than 40 years of experience in these types of accidents and injuries, I can tell that the two victims in the Fusion have most likely not yet fully experienced the injuries that will require treatment as a result of this accident. Many of our clients are able to walk and move easily after a rear end collision, only to wind up flat on their backs and in excruciating pain weeks later. This is why it is important not to settle these cases with the insurance company for several months after a rear end collision. We must allow the body time to manifest the impact of the shock of these powerful car accidents, so that we can make sure that they receive the medical care and therapy they deserve.
If you have been injured in a rear end collision accident we invite you to contact us for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400.