Arlene Tjandrawansa, 19, and 18-year-old Daniel Tran were killed in an Orange County car accident the night of August 20,2009, The Orange County Register reports. The one-car accident occurred when a 1993 Honda crashed into a wall near a guard shack outside a gated community in Irvine, California. Three others were injured and hospitalized with injuries, Irvine police officials say. The cause of this fatal car accident is still under investigation.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of Arlene Tjandrawansa and Daniel Tran for their tragic, sudden and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. I also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.

Orange County Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), eight fatalities and 842 injuries were reported as a result of Irvine car accidents. In Orange County as a whole, 178 deaths and 14,185 injuries occurred involving car accidents in 2007.

In this particular case, based on news reports, it is not clear how or why this accident occurred. It appears to me that the driver of the car completely lost control and crashed into the wall. There could have been many reasons why it happened. It may have involved error or negligence on the part of the driver. He or she may have been distracted or intoxicated. The driver may have been speeding. Or this could have been the result of a mechanical malfunction or auto product defect in the Honda. In some cases, such accidents are also caused as a result of dangerous or defective roadways.

To find out if there was any negligence involved in a car accident, and also, who should be held responsible for the injuries, damages or loss, it is essential to first determine the cause of the crash. If a dangerous roadway caused or contributed to an accident, then the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. If a vehicle defect caused the accident, the auto maker or defective product manufacturer could be held liable.

Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer

If auto products liability issues are suspected, victims or their families should take every step to preserve the vehicle in its crashed state, unaltered, so it can be examined by an expert thoroughly for auto product defects, mechanical problems and other evidence. Victims and their families, in such cases, would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer. The best car accident law firms will always offer a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation to victims and their families.