TEENAGER DIES IN TRAGIC SACRAMENTO CAR ACCIDENT – WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2016 at 5:23 pm
According to a report, a 19-year old Orangevale man died in a car crash at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Kenneth Avenue. The 19-year old was a passenger in a 2016 Kia Forte that was making a left turn onto Kenneth Avenue from Madison Avenue. Unfortunately, the driver of the Kia turned left in front of a 1003 Ford F250 resulting in a side-impact collision. The 19-year old was sitting on the side where the truck collided with the car.
The 19-year old driver of the Kia and another 19-year old passenger were transported to the hospital with minor and major injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured. A police investigation did not result in any arrests.
Who is Responsible for The Fatal Car Accident?
In most situations, the driver who turns left in front of another vehicle is responsible for the collision. However, under California’s comparative negligence laws, both drivers could be found partially at fault. For example, if the driver who T-boned the Kia was speed at the time of the wreck, a jury could find him partially responsible for the wreck even though the other vehicle turned left in front of him. If this is the case, the passengers of the Kia may be entitled to partial compensation from the other driver even though the driver of the Kia turned in front of the Ford.
If the Kia is fully to blame for the collision, all may not be lost. The passengers in the vehicle that made an illegal left turn in front of another vehicle may be held responsible for his passengers’ injuries. If an attorney can show that the driver of the vehicle caused the wreck, the injured passenger and the family of the deceased passenger could sue the driver for damages. They need to act quickly to protect their right to receive compensation by contact an attorney immediately.
Teen Driving Accidents
Car wrecks are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States. Just over 2,100 teens ages 16 thought 19 died in car accidents during 2013. During that same year, emergency rooms treated 243,243 teens for injuries sustained in car accidents. One reason for so many teen driving accidents is inexperience. Another reason is the distractions (i.e. cell phones, passengers, stereo systems, etc.) teens have while driving.
Regardless of the reason, parents should take steps to help their teen drivers remain safe on our roads. Taking driving lessons and completing an online safe driving course can help give teen drivers the skills and knowledge they need to avoid car accidents.
Have You Been Injured as a Passenger in a Car Accident?
Regardless of who is responsible for the collision, you need to consult with an experienced Sacramento car accident attorney as soon as possible. You may have a claim against one or both drivers. Our experienced attorneys conduct a comprehensive accident investigation to ensure we name all of the parties responsible for your injuries.
To learn more about California auto accident claims, call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to schedule a free case evaluation.