A woman sustained fatal injuries in a San Francisco car accident the morning of June 23, 2010 near St. Helena, ABC News reports. The victim was driving a Lexus, which was involved in a broadside crash with a Ford pickup truck on the Silverado trail. She was the only occupant of the car. California Highway Patrol officials say the woman was airlifted to an area hospital where she died. Three people in the pickup were also injured and transported to a Napa hospital. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the deceased victim’s family and friends. I offer them my deepest condolences. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 13 injuries involving car accidents in St. Helena. In Napa County as a whole, 15 people died and 770 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Broadside Crashes Can be Deadly
Based on this news report, it is not clear whose fault this car accident was. Usually broadside crashes occur at street intersections or when one vehicle turns in front of another. Broadside crashes are also known as t-bone crashes or side-angle crashes and can result in catastrophic injuries or death, especially when they occur at high speeds.
Right-of-Way and Liability Issues
Usually, these crashes are also the result of one of the drivers failing to yield right-of-way to the other. According to California Vehicle Code section 21800 (a): “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.”
In this particular case, we do not know which one of the drivers failed to yield right-of-way. If the driver of the pickup truck failed to yield right-of-way, he or she could be held liable for the woman’s wrongful death. If the deceased driver failed to yield right-of-way and caused the accident, then the occupants of the pickup truck can seek compensation from the woman’s estate or liability insurance.
Injured victims or their families in such cases would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the crash and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable for their actions. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved families of deceased car accident victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical or funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
What precautions would you take as a driver to prevent a t-bone crash at an intersection?
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