State Route 73 runs from the I-5 junction to the I-405 junction, a total of 17.7 miles of road in Orange County. The initial 12 miles of the journey is a toll road, while the last 3 miles of the SR-73 is also the Corona del Mar Freeway. The SR-73 runs parallel to the Pacific Coast Highway and also the San Diego Freeway.
Starting at San Juan Capistrano, the SR-73 heads straight for Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Beach. It crosses the interchange with SR-133 and Crystal Cover State Park before running along Irvine and Newport Beach borders.
As it goes through the MacArthur Boulevard Exit, the SR-73 transitions into a freeway flowing along with the Orange County Airport. When it enters Costa Mesa, the route ends as it interchanges with the SR-55.
On June 16, 2021, near the border of Newport Beach, there was a traffic accident involving a two-vehicle collision where the first vehicle traveling in their lane hit the second vehicle, forcing it to flip multiple times before coming to a halt. The California Highway Patrol was quick to reach the accident site. Unfortunately, one of the drivers did not make it out alive. The second driver got rushed to a nearby hospital to treat the injuries sustained in the car accident.
On November 8, 2021, near the I-5 on the SR-73, there was a four-vehicle crash in Mission Viejo with a long one-hour SigAlert. The four lanes had gotten blocked due to the accident, resulting in severe traffic congestion between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. As the local authorities arrived at the scene, the generosity of the situation started to become apparent as one driver was dead while the others had minor to severe injuries. The injured got taken to a medical center immediately before removing the crashed vehicles from the SR-73 and re-opening it for the commuters.
A devastating accident occurred on the SR-73 toll road on June 16, 2021, when a speeding BMW (driven by a 19-year-old) smashed into a vintage Jaguar near Irvine Boulevard. The BMW hit the incoming Jaguar at high speeds before crashing into the road divider and coming to a halt.
Unfortunately, the impact from the accident pushed the Jaguar off the embankment, rolling multiple times before coming to a stop. Local authorities scrambled to the accident scene, but the driver of the vintage Jaguar had already died. The 19-year-old faced minor injuries from the accident.
Auto accidents occur on state routes and the Interstate Highway System due to distracted driving and excessive speeds. Such accidents burden the already stressed-out car accident victim, creating financial and social problems for an accident they weren’t even at fault.
However, a qualified personal injury attorney on your personal injury case can help you recover financial compensation to pay for the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
You can file claims independently, but the chances of rejection remain high. Having a qualified personal injury attorney look into your claims and provide you with legal representation increases your chances of a positive outcome. We believe that insurance companies are there to help us, and liability insurance kicks in when an unfortunate incident occurs; however, that is not the case, as insurers benefit from rejecting or delaying claims. An attorney with trial experience can even take insurers to court if no mutual agreement arises during the settlement negotiations process.
California is a fault-based state, meaning the compensation disbursed is according to the degree of fault. It is essential to have an experienced attorney to prove the fault of a negligent driver to get you compensation. So, how is fault determined? There are several ways an attorney can determine the fault of a negligent driver. However, the important thing is to call an attorney immediately after the accident occurs. Giving access to your attorney to first-hand evidence without any tampering can work well for you. After an accident, an attorney determines whether the driver was violating the traffic rules. Traffic laws almost always remain the same across different states, making it easy for an attorney to determine the fault by watching the accident footage.
If the accident is a rear-end collision, most of the time, it is the fault of the driver who hit the vehicle from behind. Remember, all drivers have a duty of care and must exercise a certain level of caution when driving, and usually, rear-end collisions occur due to driver’s negligence. However, even with rear-end collisions, there can be situations where the driver may not be at fault. An attorney can assess the situation thoroughly from all angles before determining the fault.
Sometimes a quick investigation is enough to determine who may be at fault. An expert attorney can track down the vehicles involved in the accident, check the car for damages, and paint a bigger picture of how the accident could’ve happened.
An essential piece of documentation is the police report, and having a police report made with your claims increases the weight of your personal injury case. A police report contains all the details needed, from the driver’s license details, traffic violations, and even the officer’s opinion on the accident.
It is essential to call the local authorities right after an accident to file a police report. Our personal injury attorneys have helped over 3,000 injured victims protect their rights and recover over $150 million in compensation for their losses. We have the right experience to determine the value of your personal injury claim and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get you maximum compensation.
We work closely with our clients, protecting their rights while ensuring they get maximum compensation to get their lives back on track. Contact us for more information or visit us at our law office locations across California, servicing areas like San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and other nearby cities.
If you got into an accident on the SR-73 that was not your fault, contact us at (213) 596-9642 and get a free consultation today on your case. Our injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis (no win, no fee), helping alleviate the stress of paying upfront legal fees, another unaffordable financial burden in such a devastating situation.
Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world-famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of U.S. history’s largest motorcycle accident settlements. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients. We pride ourselves on being available to answer your most pressing and difficult questions 24/7. We are proud sponsors of the Paul Ehline Memorial Motorcycle Ride and a Service Disabled Veteran Operated Business. (SDVOB.) We are ready to fight.