SANTA ANA, California – A 6-year-old boy was seriously injured Sunday night after he was reportedly pinned against a block wall by a driver pulling into his car into a driveway in the 1200 block of West Highland Street near Shelton Street, according to a story in the Orange County Register.
According to the article, the male driver in his 30s was pulling into the driveway about 7:30 p.m. when the boy allegedly ran in front of the vehicle and was struck. However, the driver told police he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes. The boy was pinned against the wall causing severe trauma to his stomach. Paramedics transported the boy to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and remained hospitalized the following day.
The initial investigation revealed that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
“Hopefully this child will fully recover from this accident and receive the best medical care available in Orange County, “ said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “While the driver never intended to hurt this child, his insurance company must be held accountable for the boy’s injuries in the short term and future medical costs.”
Orange County Car Accident Statistics
There were 141 deaths and 13,373 injuries recorded in Orange County traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic report. In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in traffic accidents or have lost a loved one. Many insurance companies will try to settle with victims of car accidents as quickly as possible, but they do not take into account future medical needs, lost wages, support and other costs due to the car accident. It’s important that car accident victims have a lawyer represent them so they are not cheated by insurance agents who put their own best interests first.
The Seegmiller Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST. For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more. The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, San Diego, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.