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Fatal Riverside Car Accident


Maria Ponce, 68, was killed in a Riverside car accident when a truck veered out of control on a wet roadway and struck a Nissan Armada in which she was a passenger. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal car accident occurred on El Sobrante Road near Mockingbird Canyon Road in Lake Mathews, the afternoon of December 29, 2010. Officials say 34-year-old Brian D. Lee lost control of his Ford F-150 and struck the Nissan being driven by Claudia Martinez, 36. Five children in the Nissan, as well as the two drivers suffered moderate to minor injuries. Ponce sustained major injuries and died shortly afterward in an area hospital. No arrests were made but police plan on citing the pickup truck driver for travelling at an unsafe rate of speed.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Maria Ponce for their tragic and devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the many injured victims of this terrible car accident. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Riverside Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 121 people were killed and 2,615 were injured due to car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. During the same year, there were 220 fatalities and 8,561 injuries involving car accidents in Riverside County.

What Caused This Tragic Car Accident?

Police report that the driver of the truck in this case lost control of his vehicle because he was driving too fast given the slippery road conditions. According to California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law): “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

Liability Issues

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. An experienced Riverside car accident lawyer will be able to analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable for their actions. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured car accident victims and their families.

Lost a family member in a Riverside County car accident? Want to know your rights? Want to know what your case is worth? Want compensation? Want justice? Want to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to another family?

Call your best friends in the legal industry after a fatal Lake Mathews car accident. Call 800-259-6373. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.

Call a Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Riverside wrongful death lawyer for a free professional evaluation of your rights by attorneys who have been representing families of deceased accident victims since 1978. You will experience award winning representation and outstanding personal service by a compassionate and understanding law firm in a comfortable environment.

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