OASIS, CA (December 27, 2022) – The California Highway Patrol today is continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding an accident in Oasis that killed a 67-year-old woman and injured three others in a collision involving a big rig and a vehicle.
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The crash was reported about 2 p.m. Monday at Highway 86 and Johnson Street, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
A Freightliner tractor, pulling two trailers, was traveling eastbound on Johnson Street, west of Highway 86. The Freightliner came to a stop for a stop sign at Highway 86. A Toyota was going southbound on Highway 86, north of Johnson Street, within one of two lanes, at an unknown speed, according to CHP news release.
The crash occurred when the Freightliner proceeded straight through the intersection, directly in front of the path of the Toyota.
The front of the Toyota crashed between both trailers that were being pulled by the Freightliner.
“The Toyota was lodged between both trailers, underneath the trailer’s tongue,” according to the CHP statement. “Four people were occupying the Toyota, including the driver. All four occupants had to be extricated by the fire department.”
The driver, a 63-year-old woman, and the right front passenger, a 67- year-old woman, suffered major injuries and were taken by helicopter to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. The 67-year-old woman died on the way to the hospital.
The Toyota two rear occupants were also taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. The driver of the Freightliner suffered no injuries.
The CHP’s Indio Area office urged anyone with any information regarding the crash to call them at 760-772-5300.
Liability In Oasis 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:
- 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 An Oasis Car Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman killed in this collision. 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 an Oasis car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers 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.