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Fatal Los Angeles Car Accident Could Involve Right-of-Way Issues


A 69-year-old resident of Rosamond was killed in a Los Angeles car accident the afternoon of January 31, 2011. According to a recent News Service report, the fatal injury accident occurred at the intersection of 60th Street West and Avenue F in Lancaster. Los Angeles Sheriff’s officials say that 35-year-old Amy Padilla was heading west on Avenue F in a GMC Yukon SUV when she broadsided the passenger side of a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, which was northbound on 60th Street West. A passenger in the Pacifica died at the scene. That vehicle’s driver was airlifted to an area hospital where she is recovering. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this deceased victim for their devastating loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers. My heart also goes out to the injured driver. I wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 10 fatalities and 679 injuries involving car accidents in Lancaster. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured in car accidents during the same year.

Was There a Stop Sign Violation?

Based on this news report, the accident occurred at a street intersection. Padilla was traveling west on Avenue F and the Pacifica carrying the victims was going north on 60th Street West. On this rural roadway in Lancaster, east- and westbound traffic on Avenue F has stop signs and must yield right-of-way to north and southbound traffic on 60th Street West. In this case, it appears that Padilla may have run the stop sign or may have, for some reason, failed to see the approaching vehicle.

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.”

Claim for Compensation

In such cases, it would be in the victim’s or his or her family’s best interests to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and determine whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing involved. If that was the case, the family of the deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party and the injured victim can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related costs. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured car accident victims and their families.

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Call your best friends in the legal industry after a fatal Lancaster car accident. Call 800-481-8656. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.

Call a Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer for a free professional evaluation of your rights by attorneys who have been representing families of deceased accident victims since 1978. You will experience award winning representation and outstanding personal service by a compassionate and understanding law firm in a comfortable environment.

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