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Fatal Big Rig Crash on Russell Avenue

On the afternoon of Monday, October 24, 2022, the California Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash involving a big rig on Russell Avenue in Fresno County. The truck accident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. near Shields Avenue and Russell Avenue, officials said.

Details on the Fatal Big Rig Crash on Russell Avenue in Fresno County

A preliminary report by authorities revealed that a Toyota was allegedly struck by a big rig. The Toyota driver was treated at an area hospital for serious injuries. Sadly, two female occupants inside the Toyota succumbed to their injuries at the crash site. Officials have recently identified the decedents as Leslie Boston, 64, of Hayward, and Fatimah Rambo, 35, of Tracy.

The truck driver was uninjured, CHP traffic officers reported. An investigation into the fatal big rig crash on Russell Avenue and Shields Avenue in Fresno County is ongoing. Additional information was not immediately available.

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is a term for referencing a loss of life from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. A wrongful death claim is a civil case that is separate from a criminal matter. The purpose of a wrongful death case is to seek economic and non-economic damages from the party responsible for the loss of a loved one. These damages are intended to make a family whole again for what they have experienced because of the unexpected incident and loss of life.

The damages available in a wrongful death claim will depend on the specific losses that surviving family members have suffered. These may include loss of care, companionship, and protection, mental anguish, loss of benefits, financial support, and benefits, and costs of funeral services. Survivors may seek reimbursement for end-of-life medical treatment through a survival action. In some extreme cases, punitive damages may be sought from the other side if it has been determined that their actions leading to the fatal incident were particularly egregious, like drunk driving or excessive speeding.

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Importance of Acting Quickly After a Fatal Commercial Truck Accident

Due to the overwhelming size, weight, and momentum of big rigs, the results of a crash often prove devastating for those in passenger vehicles. Truck accidents often cause serious injuries or even death to those involved. To make matters more stressful, navigating the claims process for a commercial truck accident is often challenging due to state and federal regulations that may apply. Letters of preservation of evidence must be sent immediately before evidence is destroyed or lost. Fortunately, an experienced trucking accident attorney can help surviving family members seek the justice and financial recovery they deserve. Contact our legal team at AutoAccident.com to learn how we can help your family through this trying time.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno wrongful death lawyer. Losing a close relative is one of the most painful and tragic events any family may experience. The knowledge that a family member lost their life in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence may only make matters worse. If this has happened to your family, you may have grounds for a wrongful death case against the at-fault party. While no amount of compensation may bring a loved one back, it may help offset the financial and intangible losses incurred because of a family member’s death. Learn how our injury attorneys can help your family by calling today for free, friendly case advice at (559) 377-7676 or (800) 404-5400.

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