UPDATE: John Steiner killed in La Quinta accident involving two vehicles
LA QUINTA, CA (August 1, 2022) – John Steiner, 80, has died in the hospital following a two- vehicle accident in La Quinta, authorities said today.
Deputies responded to the intersection of Seeley Drive and Miles Avenue at about 9:40 a.m. Sunday to a report of a two-vehicle major injury traffic collision, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Two people suffered major injuries and were transported to a local hospital, where one of them died later that day, authorities said.
Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be factors in the collision, according to authorities.
The cause of the incident was under investigation and anyone with information was asked to call Deputy Alamillo from the Thermal Sheriff’s Station at 760-863-8990.
[via City News Service]
UPDATE AUGUST 2, 2022: Authorities have identified the victim as 80-year-old John Steiner of La Quinta. We’re very sorry for Mr. Steiner’s family’s loss and wish them the best during this difficult time.
Liability In La Quinta 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 John Steiner’s Car Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of John Steiner. 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 La Quinta 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.