Shortly after a game last Wednesday, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was involved in a multiple vehicle crash that left one person seriously injured.
Trout, the 2014 American League MVP, was traveling along the 55 freeway in Santa Ana, California when his Mercedes struck a Chevy Sonic. While the center fielder walked away unhurt, the female driver of the Sonic sustained major injuries. The California Highway Patrol stated the incapacitated woman was removed from her vehicle by Orange County emergency personnel and transported to Orange County Medical Center in Tustin. Hospital personnel were not at liberty to provide an update on the medical condition of the female.
Billy Eppler, general manager of the Angels released the following statement: “I have spoken with Mike this evening and he feels fine. He is at home with his roommate and planning on traveling with the club to Seattle tomorrow afternoon. We will update as more information becomes available.”
It is reported that as Trout came upon stopped traffic on southbound 55, which was stopped as a result of an unrelated accident, he swerved in an attempt to avoid the collision. Trout’s Mercedes then struck the bumper of the Sonic, sending the vehicle into another stopped vehicle. The Sonic eventually came to rest near the shoulder of the freeway.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the onetime American League MVP checked on the incapacitated driver of the Sonic and cooperated with the responding emergency personnel and officers.
Traffic Accidents Are a National Problem
Each year, approximately 2.6 million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA reported the number of passenger vehicle occupants injured in crashes increased by 107,000, or 5.2% between 2014 and 2015. The number of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities also increased within that time frame by 1,391 or 6.6%.
The increase in motor vehicle accidents should serve as a reminder to always remain alert and aware of your surroundings and other drivers.
What to do if you’re in an accident:
- Remain at the scene – never leave the scene of an accident.
- Check on all involved parties – call 911 in applicable.
- Call the police – ask for a police report to be filed.
- Exchange information with all involved parties- names, address, driver’s license numbers, insurance, and information.
- Contact an attorney – an attorney can help maximize your recovery of damages and injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash
- Inform your insurance company – file a claim with your insurance company after you have spoken to your lawyer.
- Take photographs – document property damage and injuries sustained during the accident.
- Document medical treatment- keep detailed records of any medical treatment stemming from the accident.
If you have been injured in a car crash that was caused by the negligence of another driver, you are entitled to reimbursement for your losses. A statute of limitations affects the time you have to file a lawsuit, and may prevent you from bringing a claim if the deadlines are not strictly obeyed. The statute of limitations is five years in Missouri and two years in Illinois. It is important to consult with an experienced accident lawyer to ensure you are receiving full reimbursement for your injuries and losses. Contact The Dixon Injury Firm at 314-409-7060 to speak to a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for a FREE consultation.