Left-Turning Accident Involving Two Vehicles Kills Passenger
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on May 11, 2015 in Auto Accidents
A 41-year-old woman from Sacramento County died in a two-car accident on Friday. The Sacramento County coroners office revealed that the woman was a passenger in one of the vehicles.
The accident occurred at approximately 8:40 p.m., when the two vehicles collided at the intersection of Power Inn and Fruitridge. One was turning westbound onto Fruitridge Road, when another vehicle traveling southbound on Power Inn Road struck the car. The passenger was initially transported to a hospital before dying from serious injuries.
The cause of the accident remains unclear. Authorities are still investigating, but no one has been arrested, and drug and alcohol use is not suspected.
The Dangers of Left-Turn Accidents
Intersections are potentially dangerous places, and left turns are among the most hazardous maneuvers that drivers conduct on a daily basis. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates more than 50 percent of accidents at intersections involve left turns. Studies show that drivers who are making left
-turns often underestimate the speed of oncoming cars. Additionally, many of these accidents are fatal because the oncoming vehicle strikes the driver or passenger door.
The driver making the left turn is often considered to be at fault in left-turn accidents. In California, the law requires drivers who are turning left to yield the right-of-way to oncoming cars.
Drivers must ensure that turning left does not interfere with oncoming traffic. Rushing through a left turn may cause the driver to misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic and the consequences can be catastrophic. In this case, a woman lost her life because the drivers did not wait until the intersection was clear.
At the Arnold Law Firm, our auto accident lawyers in Sacramento work hard to ensure that auto accident victims get the justice that they deserve. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, contact an attorney at our law firm.