Authorities have identified an 85-year-old woman killed in a San Francisco car accident the morning of May 29, 2010, as Helen R. Valentine. Lake County News reports that Valentine was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into another car at the intersection of Highway 29 and Hartmann Road.
California Highway Patrol officials said Valentine was a passenger in a 2001 Toyota Corolla driven by 85-year-old Angelo Accurso. Officials said Accurso stopped at a stop sign at the intersection, but was hit by a 1998 Ford Windstar that was going north on Highway 29 as he pulled away from the stop sign. Accurso was taken to a hospital with injuries. Vidal Montanez, the driver of the Windstar, did not sustain any injuries.
My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved Helen Valentine for their profound loss. They will be in my prayers.
In Lake County, there were 14 fatalities and 292 injuries due to car accidents, in 2008, according to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In the unincorporated areas of the county, 12 deaths and 146 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Based on this report, it is not clear which one of the drivers failed to yield right-of-way. Was there a four-way stop sign or a two-way stop sign at the intersection? California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution. According to California Vehicle Code section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
An experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims or their families in such cases about their legal rights and options. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition at the intersection may have caused or contributed to the accident. If that was the case the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that intersection could also be held liable. Under California Government Code section 911.2, any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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