A multiple vehicle accident at a Placentia strip mall left at least 6 people injured, including one shopper and five people who were inside the vehicles involved. The accident occurred when two vehicles collided and crashed into a Goodwill store.
According to ABC 7 News, police believe the two vehicles initially collided in the parking lot in front of the store. The force of the collision then sent the vehicles slamming through the wall of the store. Video of the scene showed a tan SUV entirely in the store, and a white SUV with the front end inside the store.
An 88-year-old female driver of one vehicle involved in the incident was taken to a local hospital for her injuries. Police stated that all other victims involved in this multi-car accident suffered only minor injuries.
Even with minor injuries, those injured in this accident should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney. Often times injuries may initially seem minor but can actually cause significant and costly health problems down the road. A personal injury attorney can help car accident victims file a personal injury claim against the person or persons that caused the accident to receive financial recovery to help with the costs of their injuries. This can include hospital or doctor visit expenses, and even physical therapy or other injury recovery costs.
Anytime a car accident involves more than one car like in this case, determining the cause can require an in-depth investigation. It is important to determine which of the drivers caused the incident, as that person will be liable for the injuries he or she caused as a result of the accident. If more than one driver was at fault for the accident, it is possible for those drivers to share liability. California is a comparative negligence state—this means a person is only responsible for their fault in the case. For example, if one driver is only responsible for 50% of the accident, they are only liable for 50% of the damages to those injured.
If you are injured in a multi-car accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney can assist in conducting a thorough investigation to determine fault. If it is possible to do so safely, attempt to document the accident. Anything from pictures of the vehicles and your injuries to contact information of witnesses and contact and insurance information of the other drivers, can be extremely helpful as the attorney investigates. This type of investigation is very important in ensuring that those injured can receive the compensation for their injuries that they deserve.
Our Southern California personal injury law office wishes a speedy recovery to those who suffered injuries in this Placentia car crash. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced lawyer at Walch Law. Our office has been handling claims like this for almost 40 years and we offer a free consultation to anyone injured or their friends and family.