Wrecks In Rain

by MissionViejoDispatch.com on December 1, 2012

After the rain began Thursday morning, seven car accidents were reported to police before mid-afternoon. That number doesn’t include unreported incidents or those involving single car spin-outs where the driver resumed his route. One of those was a pickup truck southbound on Alicia at Via Fabricante at 8 a.m.

Steam rises from Alicia accident while Sheriff's deputy checks driver of Mustang before paramedics arrive.

The biggest wreck involved two cars on northbound Alicia in front of the Target Store at Charlinda. Damage was extensive to the front ends of both vehicles. Injuries have not been disclosed, but paramedics were attending to those involved.  Traffic was severely backed up, and cars snaked slowly through the Target and Denny’s parking lots to get around the wreck.

Traffic is detoured into both Target and Denny's shopping centers.

Here’s the list:

  • 12:46 a.m.   Vehicle hit light post at Alicia & Los Alisos
  • 8:17 a.m.  Collision on northbound Alicia in front of Target Store
  • 8:19 a.m.  Alicia & Lanzarote – no injuries
  • 9:07 a.m.  Santa Margarita & Marguerite Parkways – no injuries
  • 10:55 a.m.  Alicia & Marguerite – no injuries
  • 12:30 p.m.  Alicia & Trabuco – Jaguar went off roadway, paramedics called
  • 2:48 p.m.  Crown Valley Parkway & Bellogente – no injuries

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Hugh Armstrong December 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

If it rains – common sense should tell drivers to SLOW DOWN !!

Jeannie Henschel December 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

Slow down is the key word. Motorists drive too fast. I would bet a cell phone in one of these vehicles was also involved.

Wayne Block December 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

If the rain was truly gone, and the cars were not using their windshield wipers, the traditional blame is on driver in-attention and slippery streets. However. if it was misting and their wipers were ON, their cars’ headlights should also be ON. IT’S THE LAW! I constantly amazed at how many vehicles have their headlights OFF when it pouring down rain. This law became effective January 1, 2005. “During daylight hours, if the windshield wipers of your vehicle are in use while you’re driving the vehicle, the headlamps of the vehicle must be on.” The first ticket is $45. The second is $150.

Even though the offense is easy to spot and ticket, the large number (at least 33%) of cars driving in the rain with their wipers OFF indicate the law is NOT being enforced.

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