Fatal Car Accident Caused by Driver That Failed to Stop at Stop Sign

One person was killed and several more were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle car accident that took place outside of Stockton, CA on Saturday, September 12th. Police are reporting that the accident was caused by a driver who failed to stop at a posted stop sign near the intersection of Highway 4 and O’Byrnes Ferry Road in Copperopolis, CA.

Tragically, accidents caused by preventable driver errors, such as failing to brake at a posted stop sign, continue to cause many serious and even fatal accidents throughout California and the United States as a whole.

In this incident, a driver from Antioch, CA was approaching O’Brynes Ferry Road on Highway 4 at around 6pm on Saturday in a 2005 Nissan Quest van. After failing to brake at a posted stop sign, the driver continued out into the middle of the intersection where he was struck on the passenger’s side by a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck approaching from the eastbound lane.

Tragically, the driver of the van, who was also carrying four other passengers at the time of the accident, was pronounced dead at the scene. The van’s four passengers, including three minors ages 8, 12 and 13, suffered injuries ranging from moderate to severe and were transported to a local medical center for evaluation. The driver of the pickup truck was not hurt in the accident.

Car accidents and dangerous situations on the road can happen in the blink of an eye. When drivers fail to follow the basic rules of the road, such as stopping at posted stop lights and stop signs, traveling the speed limit, and paying attention to their surroundings, they put other motorists in harm’s way. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when approaching posted stop signs:

• Always Come to a Full Stop: When approaching a stop sign, you must ALWAYS bring your vehicle to a full and complete stop. Even if you appear to be the only driver at the intersection, never attempt to "roll through" a stop sign.
First to Stop Means First to Go: When you and another driver are both stopped at a stop sign, the first driver to come to a full stop at their stop sign has the right-of-way. If you and another driver arrived at exactly the same time, the vehicle on the right side of the road has the right-of-way.
Straight Traffic Goes First: If you and another driver are both waiting at a stop sign and one driver is attempting to make a turn, the driver that is continuing straight has the right-of-way.
When in Doubt, Defer to Other Drivers: If you are not sure which driver has the right-of-way, allow the other motorist to pass through the stop sign before you. Your safety and the safety of your passengers is the most important factor when approaching a stop sign.

An estimated 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2014. Being safe, responsible, and respectful of other drivers on the road could have prevented most of these accidents. Accidents that could have been prevented by following these basic safety guidelines are among the most tragic, and can cause devastating injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost wages and pain & suffering. Trust the experienced Sacramento Car Accident and Personal Injury lawyers of Del Rio & Carichoff to fight for your rights to secure the maximum compensation.

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