Thomas Bosserman, 57, was killed in a Long Beach car accident after his Toyota Prius was struck by another vehicle at a local intersection. According to a news report in The Press-Telegram, the fatal car accident occurred the morning of September 25, 2010 at the intersection of Redondo Avenue and Hill Street. Bosserman was driving the Prius south on Redondo Avenue when a 21-year-old man driving a Scion attempted to turn left onto Hill, ahead of the Prius. Bosserman sustained fatal head and chest injuries, while the other driver was hospitalized with leg fractures.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Thomas Bosserman, who was killed in this tragic car crash. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 27 people were killed and 1,881 were injured in Long Beach car accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, there were 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries reported as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Left Turn Law
Based on this news report, police are saying that both drivers had the green light, but that the driver of the Scion failed to yield right-of-way to Bosserman’s Prius. 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.”
If the driver of the Scion is determined to have been at fault, he could face criminal charges as well as civil liability for the victim’s wrongful death. I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver of the Scion was impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased 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 Long Beach personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise families in such cases about their legal rights and options.
What are some precautions you take as a driver at street intersections? We would like to hear your comments and suggestions.
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