Mission Viejo car accident attorneys have said that overloaded streets are a danger to the city. One of the nation's safest cities, Mission Viejo, California, is a master-planned community with a population of nearly 95,000 people. Yet despite its reputation as a safe place to raise a family, the city has had its share of car accidents.
In 2006, the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) reported that seven people were killed and 250 people were injured in Mission Viejo car accidents. Alcohol-related collisions accounted for four fatalities and 27 injuries. One pedestrian was killed and 11 were injured in traffic accidents. In addition, one bicyclist was killed and five were injured in traffic collisions. A total of 13 motorcyclists were also injured. In 2007, seven motor vehicle accidents killed 11 people.
Mission Viejo is a city with over 50 parks, all of which draw pedestrians and children on bikes and skateboards. Drivers must be extremely careful at all times in a city like Mission Viejo.
In 2008, a 14-year-old boy was skateboarding with friends when he was struck by a car. According to Sheriff's officials, the boy was riding his skateboard on a sidewalk when he came to the end of a driveway and veered into the street. The boy hit the hood and flew about 40 feet, according to witnesses. The driver was identified as a man aged 25, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The victim, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, was rushed to the hospital with severe head trauma. He did not survive his injuries.
A person who witnessed the tragedy, often sees cars roaring by in the area at speeds approaching 50 miles per hour--all in the presence of unsupervised children who dash into the street behind parked cars. She has since gone on a crusade to get speed bumps installed on the congested neighborhood streets where she lives.
In 2009, one person was taken to a hospital after a crash on northbound I-5, the CHP reported. The car accident happened in Mission Viejo, near Oso Parkway. Three cars were involved in the Mission Viejo car crash. One person was taken to the hospital, and two others were treated at the scene.
While it's called a bedroom community, during early morning and evening rush hours, commuters jam Mission Viejo's main arteries--Marguerite Parkway, Oslo, Crown Valley and La Paz--to near capacity. In addition, nearby Saddleback Valley College draws a daily hoard of students along the city's major artery, Marguerite Parkway. This jam up poses a hazard for K through 12th grade students walking, biking or skateboarding to and from school or to the local library. Unfortunately, these conditions continue to contribute to a number of Orange County car accidentsthroughout the city.