A Corona woman killed in February 2, 2009 auto accident in Chino has been identified as Ma De Luurdes Medina-Lopez. According to this news report. Medina-Lopez, 46, was in a green Honda Accord driving northbound when she tried to make a left turn on Eucalyptus Avenue in Chino. At the time, 27-year-old Joseph Orozco, who was traveling south on Central Avenue, struck the Honda. Medina-Lopez suffered fatal injuries and died in an area hospital. Anyone who saw this fatal auto accident is asked to contact Chino Officer Jesse Gutierrez as 909-590-5593.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ma De Luurdes Medina-Lopez for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Traffic Reporting System, in 2006, there were seven Chino auto accident deaths in San Bernardino and 497 traffic accident related injuries. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 351 fatalities and 10,842 injuries were reported during the same period as a result of auto accidents.
Statistically, left turns are considered one of the most dangerous maneuvers and the cause of many auto accidents. Left-turn accidents are similar to head-on collisions in terms of the serious injuries they cause to drivers and especially front-seat passengers. Left turn accidents frequently involve the most vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, pedestrians or bicyclists.
The liability for an auto accident involving a left turn depends on who had the right-of-way at the time of the accident. In this case, if both motorists had the green light, then the southbound driver, Orozco, would have had the right-of-way. But if Medina-Lopez had a green arrow and Orozco had the red light, then Medina-Lopez would have the right of way. Based on this news account it is not clear what occurred and the incident is still under investigation. Eyewitnesses are going to be vital in such an auto accident case.
The family of Ma De Luurdes Medina-Lopez would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced Southern California auto accident attorney, who will help examine the accident report and find out exactly what happened and who was responsible for this fatal crash. A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look into other factors that may have contributed to this accident such as a dangerous roadway or intersection. If that played a role, then the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency in California must be properly filed within six months of the accident.