Cynthia Carey Capitola: 60-Year-Old Woman From Mount Hermon Died In Car Accident After A Van Rear-Ended Her Car Pushing It Into a Metro Bus
CAPITOLA, CALIFORNIA (March 27, 2019) – A 60-year-old woman from Mount Hermon identified as Cynthia Carey has tragically died in a bus accident after being rear-ended by a van at the intersection of Clares Street and 41st Avenue.
Capitola police are saying that the accident took place around 10:15 p.m. Cynthia Carey was stopped at a red light in her smart car.
At that same moment a large van approached the victim’s car from behind and did not stop. The victim’s car was pushed into the path of a Metro Bus that was turning.
A number of witnesses heard or saw the bus accident. An off-duty paramedic was nearby following the accident. They rushed to the aid of Cynthia Carey, but she was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the van was taken to the hospital and is currently cooperating with investigators. A number of people are saying that close calls at the intersection are common.
David Karsan, the owner of Master Car Wash, told reporters, “You know, I constantly have to make a U-turn here and people driving by are just not looking or they are distracted one way or another, but I’ve gotten in a couple close calls.”
A full investigation into the Capitola car accident remains ongoing.
Car Accident Statistics
According to the World Health Report, there are nearly 3,287 fatal car accidents every day around the world. Another 25-50 million people are injured or seriously disabled. In around 94% of these accidents human error is to blame. Here are just a few of the most common causes of car accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Running red lights
Rear-end collisions are by far the most common type of car accident. There is simply no excuse for hitting another vehicle from behind. Every driver has a responsibility to operate their vehicle according to the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a driver hits another vehicle from behind that is typically fairly strong evidence they were speeding or distracted. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for an accident.
Liability In Car Accidents
When a driver hits another vehicle from behind there is a chance that they will face civil liability. A good driver should maintain a safe distance with the vehicle ahead of them. Even if the lead vehicle stops abruptly, the preceding driver is supposed to be able to stop in time. Alcohol use remains a factor in many fatal accidents. But what a lot of drivers don’t realize is that over the counter or prescription drugs can be just as dangerous. Patients should consult with their doctor about how any medication may affect their ability to drive safely.
Any driver that is making a turn could also potentially face civil liability for a crash. According to the California Vehicle Code 21801, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”
Moreover, a city could potentially face civil liability for crash if an intersection was in a dangerous condition at the time of an accident. According to California Government Code 835, a public entity may be liable for an accident if a plaintiff is able to establish:
- The defendant’s property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury
- The plaintiff’s injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition
- The dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the type of injury that occurred.
- A negligent employee of the public entity created the dangerous condition while they were working within the course and scope of their job duties: OR
- A public entity failed to correct the dangerous condition after being given constructive notice of the problem.
Major car accidents can have an impact not just on the individual but also on an entire family. A victim’s next of kin may have legal recourse through a wrongful death action. A wrongful death attorney can investigate all aspects of your case free of charge and let you know what your options are. An attorney can take steps to make sure that key pieces of evidence are preserved and that your rights are being protected.
Investigating A Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cynthia Carey. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should come forward and speak with investigators. It’s important that city officials also examine this intersection for defects. It would be deeply unfortunate if a similar accident were to take place in the future.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a Fresno bus accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of claims and can give you advice about what you can do to best protect your rights. Whether you need a free police report about a specific case or just have legal questions we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.