Francisco Renteria, 40, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after his Nissan Frontier pickup struck a car on the 60 Freeway. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal car accident occurred the night of January 7, 2011 on the Markland Avenue on-ramp to the eastbound lanes of the freeway in Monterey Park. The Nissan, which Renteria was driving, sideswiped a 1996 Acura Legend driven by 22-year-old Melissa Bermudez. The Nissan pickup truck then spun out of control, went up an embankment and rolled over several times coming to rest in one of the freeway lanes. Bermudez was transported to a local hospital with possible neck injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Francisco Renteria for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 195 injuries reported due to car accidents in Monterey Park. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 fatalities and 52,229 injuries were reported involving car accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that both Renteria and Bermudez were entering the freeway at the same time. I trust officials are looking into whether one of the drivers made an unsafe lane change or drifted away from their lane of traffic to cause this accident.
California Vehicle Code Section 21658 (a) states that whenever a roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction the vehicle “shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.”
If this accident was Bermudez’s fault, then she could be held liable for Renteria’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. If Renteria is determined to have been at fault, then Bermudez could seek compensation from his estate or liability insurance. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, in such cases, will be able to better advise injured victims or their families about their legal rights and options.
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