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Fatal San Diego Car Accident Caused by Red Light Runner


Rosa Mora, 21, was killed in a San Diego car accident after the driver of the car she was a passenger in made a left turn at a red light and struck another vehicle, 10news reports. The fatal car crash occurred on Route 76 at East Vista Way in Bonsall, California, the night of September 1, 2009. The Mazda in which Mora was a passenger, was stopped at a red light on westbound Route 76 and its 19-year-old driver turned left in front of an eastbound Nissan Xterra, which was going about 55 mph just before the collision, California Highway Patrol officials said. Both the driver of the Mazda and the Xterra suffered injuries. CHP officials say drugs or alcohol did not play a part in this fatal car accident.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Rosa Mora for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. I also wish the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

San Diego Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 268 fatalities and 14,641 injuries involving car accidents in San Diego County.

Based on the news account of this California car accident, the 19-year-old driver ran a red light or made a left turn at a red light, breaking traffic laws. Running a red light is a serious traffic violation in California. There are various California Vehicle Code sections that are part of what we commonly refer to as “rules of the road.” These code sections address motorists’ behavior at intersections, especially those controlled by traffic signals.

California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”

Contacting a California Car Accident Lawyer

In this case, it is not clear why the teen driver ran the red light. However, in such cases, victims who are injured may seek compensation for their injuries, damages and loss. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims may file a wrongful death claim, which seeks compensation for funeral expenses, loss of earnings and other related damages. Victims in such cases would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the car accident and make sure the victims’ legal rights are protected. The best personal injury law firms will offer free and comprehensive initial consultations to injured victims and their families.


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