An auto accident involving more than one car can turn bad within a matter of seconds. These accidents often result in serious injury or even death among multiple parties, especially when more than one vehicle is involved.
On Sunday, October 13, 2013, two people were killed and three more were injured in a collision in Dana Point. The Orange County Sheriff's Department reported that the accident took place at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Coast Highway and Beach Road. There were four cars involved in the collision, including a passenger van, a Volkswagen Jetta, a Honda Civic, and a Mini Cooper being driven by a student driver with an instructor in the passenger seat.
To determine the exact cause of the accident, the Orange County Major Accident Reconstruction Team was immediately on the scene. It is believed that the student driver and the Volkswagen were traveling north on Coast Highway while the Honda and passenger van were traveling south. Early indications show that the Volkswagen may have attempted to pass the Mini Cooper, which led to a collision shortly thereafter.
The Jetta was torn in half, killing a 32-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man. The van flipped on its side, leading to injuries to a man and woman. A woman in the Honda was also injured, while the student driver and instructor walked away unscathed.
According to investigators, there is a no passing zone on the stretch of roadway where the accident took place. At this point, it is not clear how fast the vehicles were moving.
Chain reaction accidents are extremely common, especially when the vehicles involved are traveling at a high rate of speed. In this case, an illegal maneuver by one driver may have led to two deaths and multiple injuries. This recklessness can be used to determine liability in a civil claim for wrongful death, personal injury and property damage.
ABC 7, "Dana Point car crash: 2 dead, 3 injured in violent accident" Melissa MacBride, Oct. 13, 2013