At about noon on Tuesday, December 10, 66-year-old Robert Thompson, of Anaheim, was fatally injured in a head-on crash in Orange, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound on North Santiago Boulevard, the driver of a Hyundai Santa Fe veered into oncoming traffic at the intersection with North Robinhood Place, colliding with the pickup truck Thompson was driving. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he was declared dead a short time later. The driver of the Santa Fe sustained minor injuries. Authorities do not suspect alcohol was a contributing factor and have asked that witnesses call Orange investigators at 714-744-7444.
Throughout California, crashes claimed the lives of 2,720 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The city of Orange accounted for 7 of the 71 deaths and 992 of the 17,031 injuries that were suffered in accidents in the county that year. Studies indicate that human error accounts for more than half of auto accidents and is a contributing factor to more than 90 percent.
State law ensures that families who have lost loved ones in crashes may hold those who caused them liable through the civil justice system. For more information on the civil claims process after a fatal collision, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert Thompson.