Isora Lockett, 39, died and four others were injured in a Sacramento car accident after two cars collided at a city intersection. According to a news report in the Sacramento Bee, two cars — a Nissan Altima and a Cadillac — were driving in opposing traffic lanes of Power Inn Road, early morning March 21, 2010. The Cadillac was attempting to turn west onto Elder Creek Road when it crashed into the Nissan Altima. Two people in the Nissan were transported to a hospital with moderate to major injuries. Two others in the Cadillac sustained moderate injuries. Lockett, who was a passenger in the Cadillac, died at the scene. Police are yet to determine who was at fault.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Isora Lockett for their tragic loss. I also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep these injured victims and their families in your prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 28 fatalities and 3,566 injuries involving car accidents in Sacramento. Countywide, 84 people died and 7,874 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Right-of-Way Issues and Liability
Based on this news report, it is not entirely clear who was at fault in this fatal car crash. But, according to the account, this accident occurred when the Cadillac, which was northbound on Power Inn Road, tried to turn left on to Elder Creek Road. The question that arises is whether the driver of the Cadillac failed to yield right-of-way to the other driver.
California law is very specific about the requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn. 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 Cadillac is determined to have been at-fault, he or she could be held responsible for the accident, injuries caused, as well as Lockett’s wrongful death. The victims and their families here, would be well-advised to contact an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a comprehensive case evaluation at no charge to accident victims and their families.
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