A vicious car crash on Monday night left a woman in critical condition after she was pinned in the passenger side of the vehicle. The crash occurred in the vicinity of Irvine, California, police said.
Around 11 pm Monday night, the Orange County Fire Authority and Irvine police responded to the site of the accident, which happened on Shady Canyon Drive, just outside Cloverfield.
According to reports, a gentleman believed to be under 30, was driving his VW on a local OC road when he lost control of his vehicle for a still to-be-determined reason and crashed the compact car he was driving, which caused the vehicle to overturn into a patch of land off the road.
The woman, also believed to be in her 20s, was found trapped in the passenger side of the car as a result of the impact. It took the fire department authorities more than 20 minutes using the Jaws of Life to free her and get her to safety.
It was reported the woman was taken to a local medical center in Santa Ana in critical condition, and the man went with her, classified as a patient “in trauma” with moderate injuries (cuts, bruises, etc.).
Officials made it clear the man who was driving was not arrested or cited for dangerous driving before being taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Based on an immediate assessment of the crash site, it wasn't apparent that any other vehicles were involved in the accident, or if drugs or alcohol had played a role in the driver losing control of the vehicle.
Car accidents are not uncommon in Orange County, as statistics from the last several years make clear. Last year alone, 139 traffic deaths occurred in the OC, which puts it in fifth place along all California counties for deaths. That's a 32% jump from the previous year, and it indicated that the rural areas of the county, as opposed to the more urban areas, saw 57% of those total fatality occurrences.
Another point about collisions in Orange County is that over a quarter of the fatalities that occur are caused by some degree of impaired driving, which means a blood alcohol level that exceeds 0.08 (the legal limit that drivers can still operate a vehicle). More than 31 percent of accidents have been caused by excessive speed and another main issue is distracted driving. Removing focus from the road with cell phone calls, texting, eating or applying makeup are all examples of distracted driving that have led to accidents within Orange County and Irvine.
Those who have been injured in a car accident or know someone that has suffered injuries may benefit from contacting an auto accident lawyer about their case. Victims of auto accidents rarely want to pursue compensation, but failing to do so could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses paid by victims and/or their families. Call (800) 838-6644 today to find obtain a free case evaluation and find out what options are available.