Marta Barnard‚ 86‚ and Douglas Robert McFarland‚ 25‚ were killed in an Anaheim auto accident that occurred on October 11‚ 2010‚ around 11:33 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol‚ a SUV crashed into a BMW‚ disabled due to an earlier crash‚ on westbound State Route 91 (SR-91‚ 91 Freeway)‚ just west of Brookhurst Street in Orange County‚ approximately 90 miles north of San Diego.
Barnard was a rear passenger in a 2005 Nissan Murano while McFarland was driving a BMW. The disabled BMW was facing toward the right shoulder of the road as a result of a preceding crash‚ when the speeding Nissan crashed into it. California Highway Patrol officers said that no other vehicle was a part of this fatal car accident.
According to the news reports‚ the Nissan driver made an attempt to stop the car but failed and hit the right side of the BMW. McFarland was pronounced dead at the accident scene while Barnard was rushed to Anaheim Regional Hospital for treatment. Barnard was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver of the Nissan and a passenger sitting in the front suffered serious injuries and were transported to UCI Medical Center for treatment.
From the facts of the story‚ it is believed that the Nissan driver’s negligence or inattentiveness lead to this fatal Orange County car accident that took two lives. Investigating officers need to determine whether the Nissan driver was distracted or was driving under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug. Regardless of the reason behind why the Nissan driver may have caused this motor vehicle accident‚ he should be held responsible for Barnard’s and McFarland’s wrongful death.
The victims’ families can file a wrongful death lawsuit that could help them get a fair compensation to cover the funeral and burial costs‚ the loss of anticipated earnings‚ and the loss of love and companionship. The injured victim can also seek compensation from the Nissan driver for the pain he suffered‚ medical treatment costs‚ and loss of wages and earnings.
We express our sincere condolences to all those who loved Barnard and McFarland for such a heart rendering loss. We also hope that the injured victim recovers from his injuries as soon as possible.
Ross Jurewitz is an auto accident attorney in Orange County and the managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group‚ a California personal injury law firm dedicated to representing families of people injured in car accidents. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in traffic accidents in Anaheim‚ please order your free copy of Mr. Jurewitz’s book‚ The Ten Biggest Mistakes that can Destroy Your California Accident Case. It is full of helpful information that will help you protect your legal rights and it is free to all California residents.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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