Joe Garcia, 56, of Fallbrook was killed in a fatal San Diego car crash, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Garcia was in a 1993 Nissan Altima heading west on State Route 76 near Interstate 15 the morning of April 7, 2009 when the driver of a Scion XB turned left in front of the Altima at the intersection. The two vehicles collided. Garcia was taken to Palomar Medical Center where he died during surgery.
I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Joe Garcia. My heart goes out to his family members and friends who are dealing with a terrible loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were 268 fatalities and 14,641 injuries as a result of San Digeo car accidents reported in San Diego County.
There are few details available with regard to this particular car accident. However, based on the newspaper report, it appears to me that the driver of the Scion was at fault for making a left turn in front of the Altima. The driver of the Scion was likely not paying attention to the traffic or his immediate environment. There is a possibility that the driver of the Scion was distracted or just careless. I trust traffic investigators are also looking into whether the driver of the Scion was intoxicated at the time of the car crash.
California Vehicle Code section 21801 (a) states the following requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn: “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 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 the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Joe Garcia’s family would be well-advised to consult an experienced California car crash attorney, who will carefully examine the facts of the case and make sure that they receive the justice and compensation that they rightfully deserve. A skilled California personal injury attorney will also look into a possible dangerous condition at that street intersection which may have caused or contributed to this fatal auto accident. If that was the case, then the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a public entity in California must be filed within six months of the accident.