A fatal accident on Ortega Highway yesterday claimed the life of one woman and sent a Winchester man to the hospital with serious injuries. The accident occurred at approximately 5:30 am near the Flats Campground, approximately 10 miles from Mission Viejo. CHP officers at the scene described the details of this fatal accident which is still under investigation. Evidently, the driver of a 2016 BMW crossed the center line striking an oncoming 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck head-on. The driver of the BMW has unfortunately lost her life, while the Winchester man driving the pickup has been hospitalized with traumatic injuries. Alcohol and drugs have evidently been ruled out as a factor in this fatal accident.
My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience as an accident and injury attorney in Mission Viejo you never get used to the traumatic consequences of a motor vehicle accident. The officer at the scene noted the BMW “veered” into the oncoming lane immediately before impact. This could be due to distracted driving or falling asleep. It may also be due to a mechanical failure in the BMW which was no fault of the driver who lost her life. Was this a wrongful death or simply a terrible accident?
From the description of the accident provided by CHP it would appear the driver of the pickup truck has sustained serious injuries which will have a major impact upon his life. Head-on crashes often result in serious head injury including Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI as well as severe fractures and broken bones. If the accident has resulted in permanent injury or paralysis it will be necessary to provide life-long support for the surviving driver. These cases often involve a “Life Care Plan” which helps a jury to understand the comprehensive financial implications involving lost wages, all of the past, present and future medical expenses as well as practical costs such as modifying a home or vehicles to accommodate these injuries.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident or suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident or fatal accident on Ortega Highway or anywhere in Orange County I invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call (949) 305-1400 for a free consultation. Learn why it is important to seek the representation of an experienced and proven accident and injury attorney and why this will help to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.