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Fatal San Bernardino Car Accident


Phyllis Clemons, 72, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after the vehicle in which she was a passenger was involved in a head-on collision. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal car accident occurred along Highway 95 near Lake Havasu the morning of December 12, 2010. Clemons was the front seat passenger in a 2006 Prius that was southbound on the two-lane highway. An Isuzu SUV, which was traveling north, crossed into the southbound lane to pass a big-rig and struck the Toyota head-on. Clemons, an Arkansas resident, sustained fatal injuries. It is not clear if anyone else was injured.

I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Phyllis Clemons for their tremendous loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

San Bernardino Car Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 77 fatalities and 1,178 injuries involving car accidents in unincorporated San Bernardino County. Also, countywide, car accidents claimed 263 lives and injured 8,504 people during the same year.

California Law Relating to Unsafe Passing on Roadways

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Isuzu may have been at fault for making an unsafe pass on a two-lane highway and crossing over into opposing lanes of traffic.

California Vehicle Code Section 21751: “On a two-lane highway, no vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless the left side is clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction.” I trust officials are also looking into whether the driver of the Isuzu was under the influence, distracted, speeding or driving recklessly at the time.

Liability Issues

If the driver of the Isuzu is determined to have been at fault, then he or she could be held liable for Clemons’ wrongful death. The family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party seeking damages for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. An experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise families in such cases about their legal rights and options.

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