At about 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 29-year-old Christine Chandler, of Indio, was killed in a head-on collision in Palm Desert. While traveling southbound on Washington Street in a Chevrolet pickup truck, a 40-year-old male driver veered into the northbound lane south of 38th Avenue and collided with a GMC pickup truck. The man was not wearing a seat belt and was fatally ejected from the vehicle. Chandler, a passenger in the Chevrolet, was declared dead at the scene. Three occupants of the GMC sustained minor injuries. Authorities suspect that alcohol may have contributed to the accident and are investigating.
” When a driver’s negligence causes an accident that harms others, the driver may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries or of their families’ losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the victims or their families will file a personal injury or a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 297 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Palm Desert in 2010. The OTS ranked Palm Desert 11th out of 93 cities with populations ranging in size from 25,001 to 50,000 residents for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 21 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Christine Chandler and the driver of the Chevrolet. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the occupants of the GMC.
www.mydesert.com originally reported this Palm Desert head-on collision.
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