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Car Accident in Mendocino County Involves Possible Stop Sign Violation


Donna Miller, 53, was killed in a car accident in Mendocino County when the vehicle in which she was a passenger, was T-boned by a Land Rover. According to a report in The Willits News, the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 162 and Charlie Hurt Highway in Covelo the night of January 2, 2011. Police say that Jimmy Allen, 25, failed to stop his 1996 Hyundai at a stop sign and drove into the path of a Land Rover driven by Stewart Fuzzell, 42. Miller was a passenger in the Hyundai. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Allen and another passenger in the Hyundai, Adam Azbill, 20, sustained major injuries in the crash. The two occupants of the Land Rover were not injured.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Donna Miller. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic car accident.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 25 people were killed and 357 were injured due to car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Mendocino County. During that same year, there were 26 fatalities and 439 personal injuries reported as a result of car accidents in Mendocino County.

Stop Sign Violation

Police believe that the driver of the Hyundai ran a stop sign. 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.”

Liability Issues

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing could be involved, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault motorist. Injured victims can claim compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. The family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise car accident victims and their families about their legal rights and options.

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