4-Car crash on 5 freeway stalls traffic for hours

Posted: May 11, 2022

ORANGE COUNTY, CA (April 19, 2022) – A multi-car crash caused at least one injury on the 5 freeway heading northbound, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The accident occurred during morning rush hour in Tustin near Route 55 and blocked several lanes, causing a traffic backup for at least seven miles. 

The status of the injured person is yet unknown. 

Liability in Orange County Multi-Car Accidents

Drivers should always check their mirrors and their blind spots before changing lanes to avoid accidents or creating hazards on the highway. Distracted driving can also lead to accidents, including the following:

  • Texting/phone calls
  • Eating or drinking
  • Applying makeup
  • Adjusting radio or navigation system
  • Conversing with other people in the car

It is the driver’s responsibility to be vigilant and aware of road conditions at all times. According to the California Vehicle Code, Division 11: Rules of the Road, Chapter 12: Public Offenses, Article 1: Driving Offenses; Sections 23123 to 23125, “California drivers are not allowed to use mobile phones for calling, nor reading or writing text messages while driving on a public road.” 

It is a driver’s responsibility to make sure they are free from distractions when behind the wheel, and to only change lanes when it is safe to do so. If you’ve been injured or sustained any damage in an accident as a result of distracted or negligent drivers, you may be entitled to compensation.

Investigating Orange County Multi-Car Accidents

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we want to make sure that victims of distracted driving receive fair compensation for injuries or damages sustained in car accidents. It’s important to us that you are aware of your rights and that you are protected. If you need legal assistance or have any questions or concerns after an accident, we’re always here for you. Reach out to us at any time at (888) 395-7234.

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