Carmen Patino, 73, was killed in a Riverside car accident after her car was struck by an SUV at an Indio intersection. The Desert Sun reports that Patino was making a left turn the morning of March 27, 2010, from Tourmaline Avenue onto Jackson Street when her car was struck by the SUV. Patino died shortly after the crash at a local hospital. An investigation is ongoing.
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I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Carmen Patino for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Riverside Car Accident Statistics
There were four fatalities and 221 injuries involving car accidents in Indio, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 traffic accident statistics. In Riverside County as a whole, 220 people died and 8,561 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Law Relating to Left Turns
Based on this news report, it is not clear exactly who was at fault in this crash. The news article also does not state whether anyone in the SUV was injured. 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
In this particular case, who was at fault depends on who had the right-of-way at the intersection. Did one of the drivers fail to yield right-of-way? If the driver of the SUV failed to yield right-of-way, then he or she could be held liable for the accident and Patino’s wrongful death.
If there was a dangerous condition on the roadway, which caused or contributed to this fatal accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable as well. Please remember that any claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of an accident or injury. An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options.
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