Fatal Accident Involving Caltrans Vehicle Near Fresno
I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno car accident lawyer. An accident involving a Caltrans vehicle occurred near Fresno on the morning of Sunday, September 24, 2017. Unfortunately, the collision caused one party to suffer fatal injuries.
Our sincerest condolences and thoughts are with the loved ones of the individual who passed away in this tragic car accident.
A driver of a silver Toyota sedan was traveling along Highway 99 in the vicinity of Clinton Avenue at approximately 9:50 am. At the same time, a Caltrans truck was cleaning along the center divider of the roadway. For unknown reasons, the Toyota struck the rear-end of the Caltrans vehicle. The impact propelled the sedan into the next lane over and collided with a black Hummer H2.
Was Anybody Injured?
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that no Caltrans employees were injured in the car accident. However, the passengers of the Hummer suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota, sadly, succumbed to their injuries at the scene.
What Caused the Accident?
The cause of the accident is not yet known. A Traffic Collision Report may take a couple of weeks to be processed. It is important to note that not all traffic reports are correct pertaining to fault. This may leave the family members of a deceased party with many, unanswered questions. Contacting an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer is crucial in a car accident. An attorney with years of experience can investigate the scene of the accident and examine the sequence of events leading up to the crash to properly pinpoint liability.
Accidents Involving Government Vehicles
A party involved in a motor vehicle collision with a vehicle owned by the state or county of California is required to file a claim within six months from the date of their injury or the loss of their loved one. The main reason for the aforementioned 180 day time frame is to allow the government notice of any issues it needs to address and create a budget for any trials and settlements. The government entity has six months to respond to the claim. If the entity does not respond within six months, it is automatically denied. If the entity denies the claim in writing, it is denied as of that date. The statute of limitations for such accidents have a dramatically shorter time limit in which to file a claim. Once a government entity rejects the claim, either in writing or by inaction, the injured party has 180 days from this date to file a complaint in court. It is crucial to consult with a Fresno personal injury lawyer experienced in bringing claims against government entities to help protect your rights.
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