An auto accident in California near the Pechanga Resort and Casino has left 14 individuals with injuries, two of which are reportedly in critical condition. According to a Huffington Post article, the crash took place near Temecula around 8 p.m. on December 31. Fire department officials stated that aside from the two people who suffered critical injuries, four others suffered moderate injuries and eight suffered minor injuries.
A spokesman for the casino told reporters that a shuttle transporting individuals celebrating New Year’s from the casino to their cars may have been traveling along an access road when it crashed with a vehicle that was leaving the casino area. At this time, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has not announced a direct cause of the accident.
Vehicle collisions often result from some form of distracted or negligent driving in which motorists were not paying attention to the road, were driving drunk, or failed to uphold their duty of operating a vehicle safely. While the cause of this crash has yet to be determined, investigators will likely examine whether any of the drivers were using cell phones at the time of the crash or violated a traffic law, therefore causing the accident.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a national campaign began on December 16 and lasted until January 2 to crackdown on drunk drivers to help lower the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents. Unfortunately, based on data provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), January 1 is one of the top five most fatal days on roads throughout the United States.
After being injured in a car crash caused by another driver’s reckless behavior, it’s common to feel overwhelmed, scared, and even angry. However, there are valid courses of action that allow an injury victim to seek compensation from negligent parties for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Temecula car accident attorneys are dedicated to obtaining full and just compensation for our clients. To learn more about your legal rights, call 213-514-8332 for a free consultation today.