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San Bernardino Crash Kills Motorist

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A car accident involving a left-turning driver killed another motorist.

According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the accident was reported just after noon on February 4, 2015 at Cajon Boulevard and Hancock Street near the I-215 and I-210 freeway interchange.

The victim, identified only as a Hispanic man driving a Nissan Versa south on Cajon Boulevard, collided with 23-year-old Hector Esquivel who attempted to make a left turn onto
Hancock Street in a northbound Chevy truck. Esquivel suffered minor injuries. No citations or arrests were reported. The incident is still under investigation.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Traffic Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 13 fatalities and 868 injuries involving traffic accidents in the city of San Bernardino.

Countywide, 217 people died and 7,942 were injured as a result of traffic accidents during the same year.

Left Turn Law

Based on this news report, it appears that the victim’s vehicle was struck by a left-turning pickup truck.

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 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.”

Fault and Liability

If the driver of the pickup is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. We trust officials are looking into whether the left-turning driver failed to yield the right-of-way or if he was speeding, under the influence, distracted or otherwise negligent.

In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship.

Victims’ families will also be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

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