A 59-year-old woman who died in a San Marcos car accident the afternoon of April 18, 2009 has been identified as Shelley B. Meyer by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office. According to a news report in 10news, Meyer was driving her motor scooter east on South Santa Fe Avenue in San Marcos when she passed through the intersection of Mar Vista Drive and was struck by a small sedan. The car’s driver was apparently trying to make a left turn into a convenience store when the vehicle struck the side of the scooter, ejecting Meyer. She died shortly after she was taken to the hospital. No arrests have been made pending an investigation. Meyer was wearing a helmet, officials said.
I offer my deepest sympathies to everybody who knew and loved Shelley Meyer. My heart goes out to her friends and family members. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were four traffic accident fatalities and 271 injuries involving traffic accidents in San Marcos. In San Diego County as a whole, 268 deaths and 14,641 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents in 2007.
California Vehicle Code Section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into a public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction, which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
In this particular case, it appears that the driver of the car did not see Meyer who was riding her scooter. It is important to determine what caused the driver to miss seeing Meyer. Was the driver distracted? Was the driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Or was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that prevented the driver from getting a clear view of the street? If the driver was at fault, then he or she should be held liable for Meyer’s fatal personal injuries.
Meyer’s family would be well-advised to contact experienced California personal injury lawyers, who will look at all factors that may have caused or contributed to this fatal accident. If a dangerous roadway played a part, then the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable. In California, any personal injury claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within six months of the injury occurring.