Arla Gustafson killed in Wilton crash on Dillard Road

Posted: July 26, 2022

WILTON, CA (July 26, 2022) – Arla Gustafson, 79, was killed in a Wilton car accident on Dillard Road on Sunday when she lost control of her 2016 Toyota Corolla according to ABC 10 News.

The California Highway Patrol report says that Gustafson veered off to the right shoulder of the road and over corrected, causing her to drive toward oncoming traffic when she hit a Hyundai head on.

Arla Gustafson and the driver of the Hyundai were both trapped inside their vehicles. A 12-year-old child was able to escape from the Hyundai.

Gustafson was transported to Kaiser South Hospital where she later tragically succumbed to her injuries.

CHP officers say that neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in this case.

We currently do not know the condition of the Hyundai driver or the child that was a passenger in the vehicle, but we will update this story with more information when it becomes available to us.

Liability In Wilton Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Wilton Car Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Arla Gustafson. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Wilton car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.


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