Natalia Vaca Guevara dies in head-on collision in Rancho Santa Margarita
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (May 26, 2022) – Natalia Vaca Guevara, 27, has died, and two others were injured when they collided head-on on Antonio Parkway near Tijeras Creek Road in Rancho Santa Margarita according to the OC Register.
The accident occurred around 10:10 p.m., and sheriff’s deputies say that excessive speeds were a factor in this accident.
Sgt. Scott Steinle said that Guevara was believed to be speeding on the southbound lanes of Antonio Parkway when she struck the center median. She and a male passenger in her car then went over the median and crashed head-on into another vehicle on the northbound side of the road.
The driver of the other vehicle was injured along with the male passenger of the woman’s vehicle.
The identities, ages and conditions of the two men who were involved are yet unknown.
The crash, which involved a car and an SUV, is still being investigated and it is currently unknown whether drugs or alcohol were factors in this case.
We will update this story once more information becomes available.
Liability In Rancho Santa Margarita 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 A Rancho Santa Margarita Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Natalia Vaca Guevara and the two men who were injured in this case. 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 Rancho Santa Margarita 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 (888) 395-7234.