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SANTA MARIA: Judith Ann Zimmer Killed In Car Accident With Apex Auto Glass Pickup Truck By Union Valley Parkway and California Boulevard

Apr 10, 2019

Judith Zimmer Santa Maria: 83-Year-Old Judith Ann Zimmer Died In Car Accident With Apex Auto Glass Pickup Truck Near The Intersection Of Union Valley Parkway and California Boulevard

SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA (April 10, 2019) – An 83-year-old woman from Santa Maria identified as Judith Ann Zimmer has tragically died in a car accident after being hit by a Apex Auto Glass Pickup Truck.

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place after 5:00 p.m. by the intersection of Union Valley Parkway and California Boulevard. Judith Ann Zimmer was going northbound on California Boulevard when she was hit by an eastbound Apex Auto Glass pickup truck.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived at the site of the accident. Despite life-saving efforts, Judith Ann Zimmer later died due to her injuries. Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to have been factors in the crash. 

The driver of the Apex Auto Glass Pickup Truck remained at the location and cooperated with authorities. A number of people have raised serious concerns about impaired visibility at the location of the intersection. 

A 2013-14 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report focused on the Intersection of Union Valley Parkway and California Boulevard. They suggested placing a four way stop at the intersection. 

Designing Intersections To Be Safe

Cities have a responsibility to design, construct and maintain intersections that are reasonably safe. In order for drivers to operate their vehicles safely they must not have an impeded line of sight at intersections. In other words, drivers need to be able to see cross traffic and respond accordingly. There are a number of potential obstacles that could obstruct an intersections line of sight including: 

  • Trees
  • Walls
  • Foliage
  • Buildings

Intersections with an obstructed line of sight could be made safer when there are four ways stops. One of the major problems with Union Valley Parkway and California Boulevard identified in the Grand Jury report is that it is not a four way stop. Drivers heading down Union Valley Parkway may not see cross traffic. To this day there are still no stop signs at the intersection of Union Valley Parkway and California Boulevard. Depending on a number of factors, there could be numerous sources of potential liability for an accident at this intersection. 

Liability In Car Accidents

A company could face civil liability if their driver was negligent and caused an accident. Generally speaking, companies are responsible for the negligent actions of their drivers. This is true insofar as the negligent driver was working within the course and scope of their job duties. A truck driver may be negligent if they were speeding or otherwise not paying attention. According to the FMCSA, there a number of factors associated with truck accidents including:

  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue.

Cities and state agencies could face civil liability as well for a car accident caused by a dangerous condition on public property. According to California Code of Civil Procedure 835, “[A] public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury.” A dangerous condition on public property may include an intersection with a poor line of sight. 

When a city is given constructive notice of a dangerous condition they should take steps to correct this problem. If a city fails to do this they may be held legally responsible for an accident. The family of a victim that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A wrongful death attorney can investigate all aspects of your case free of cost and let you know what your rights are. 

Investigating A Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Judith Ann Zimmer. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Santa Maria police department as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that the city of Santa Maria takes immediate action to make this intersection safer. This tragedy may well have been prevented if there was a four way stop. 

Have you or someone that you love been killed in a car accident at a dangerous intersection? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We care deeply about helping accident victims and working hard to make our roads and communities safer. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free police report about a particular accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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