PALM SPRINGS, California – Driver Joyce Stotz, 54, of Palm Springs was ejected and killed Thursday night after losing control of her sedan and colliding with another vehicle on the northbound Gene Autry Trail about half a mile south of the Interstate 10 freeway, according to a Riverside County Sheriff Coroner report.
According to the report, Stotz drove through a patch of sand that caused her to lose control of the vehicle and drive into opposing traffic lanes where she was struck by another vehicle about 8:50 p.m.
Palm Springs Police Department officers are investigating the car accident to determine exactly how the crash happened.
In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
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Police investigate every car accident involving a death to determine the cause of a crash, Attorney West Seegmiller explains. If you are involved in a collision it’s important that you maintain anything that could be evidence including photographs at the scene, witnesse’s names and telephone numbers and file a police report. Police will do most of this if it’s a serious accident or there is a death involved. They will also attempt to determine who is at fault in these types of accidents.
“Families of victims killed in car accidents not only have to cope with the loss of a loved one, but later their lives may be forever changed due to the loss of income and other costs,” said Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident we know that this is a difficult time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.
Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Our staff is compassionate and understands the pain its clients are going through. We know that this is a difficult time for those who have been injured and for the families of those who have been killed. has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.
There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.
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