A woman who was fatally injured in a Los Angeles car accident, after the car she was a passenger in was struck by another vehicle, has been identified as 50-year-old Dalila Enriquez. The Whittier Daily News reports that the December 9, 2009 collision occurred at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Lambert Road when a Toyota Corolla, driven by 22-year-old Jordan Ashley Brown, was making a left turn and was broadsided by a Chevy Silverado truck. Enriquez was a passenger in the Corolla and died later that day. Brown and Richard Parker, the 24-year-old driver of the Silverado, were uninjured.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dalila Enriquez for their sudden and shocking loss. This family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
In the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, 119 people died and 5,273 were injured as a result of car accidents, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics. Countywide, car accidents claimed 712 deaths and injured 56,475 people in 2007.
CHP officials say the Corolla driver claimed she did not see the pickup truck and eyewitnesses say the Chevy was traveling below the speed limit at the time of the collision. The issue that arises here is who had the right-of-way at the time of the collision. If both drivers had the green light, then the car that was making the turn should have yielded right-of-way to the other vehicle.
Was this a dangerous intersection?
One of the commenters on the newspaper’s Web site states that the intersection of First Avenue and Lambert Road, where this fatal car accident occurred, is unsafe. According to this commenter, there is no left turn-only pocket from southbound First or on First Avenue at the intersection. The reader says that if there is a vehicle in the left turn lane for the northbound First onto westbound Lambert, the driver of any southbound vehicle (as the Corolla was in this case) would not be able to see opposing traffic. “Making a left turn from southbound First to eastbound Lambert is, at best, a dangerous crapshoot,” the commenter says.
If this accident was in fact, caused by a dangerous intersection and the governmental agency in charge of maintaining this roadway knew about the hazards and failed to fix the problem, Dalila’s family can file a wrongful death claim against the governmental entity. However, they would need to do it within 180 days of the accident or injury as required by California Government Code. A reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer with a successful track record representing injured victims against governmental agencies will be able to help this family with their claim.
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