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Update | Fatal Three-Vehicle Collision on Highway 41 in Madera County

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September 16, 2022
Edward Smith

Fatal Crash on SR-41 Near Tesoro Viejo

On Thursday, September 15, 2022, the California Highway Patrol reported a fatal crash involving three vehicles on SR-41 near Tesoro Viejo in Madera County. The incident took place shortly after 8:00 a.m. and involved a Dodge pickup truck, a black BMW SUV, and a gray Toyota Corolla.

Details on the Crash on SR-41 Near Tesoro Viejo in Madera County

CHP traffic officers indicated in a preliminary report that a Dodge was traveling southbound on Highway 41. Authorities reported that the Dodge driver was allegedly attempting to overtake traffic in the northbound lane. This was where the Dodge collided with a Toyota Corolla. The Toyota veered out of control, entered the oncoming traffic lane, and collided with the BMW.

No one in the Dodge was injured, officials said. The BMW driver was transported via air ambulance to an area hospital to receive treatment for serious injuries. Sadly, the Toyota driver suffered fatal injuries from the crash. The Madera County Coroner’s Office has recently identified the decedent as Kalia Emani Bess, 23, of Fresno.

What is Wrongful Death and How is it Proven?

A wrongful death may happen for various reasons. In some cases, one party or entity may be held liable for the loss of life. In other situations, two or more parties may share liability for the incident. Proving liability in a fatal motor vehicle crash requires clear and compelling evidence surrounding the loss of life and how it happened. Evidence is necessary to back a case up and provides the connection between the other side’s negligence and a loved one’s death. Examples of evidence that an accident attorney can use to prove wrongful death include traffic incident reports, photographs of the incident scene, medical reports, statements by eyewitnesses, and more.

A Madera wrongful death attorney from our law firm can identify all negligent parties and entities through an independent investigation. This will help provide them a clear picture of how the fatal incident occurred to determine liability. From there, our legal team will take action and help obtain the justice and financial compensation your family deserves. You can count on our attorneys to put their experience, skills, and resources to work for you and your wrongful death case. Learn more about how we can help by watching the video below.

Is There a Time Limit on Wrongful Death Cases?

The immediate family of the decedent generally has priority in filing wrongful death cases. This includes the spouse, domestic partner, and children. Other relatives may be eligible if such relationships do not exist. Family members must file within the two-year statute of limitations. Failure to protect the statute may result in the case’s dismissal. Contact our law firm for more details and assistance regarding your potential case.

Personal Injury Attorney in Madera

I’m Ed Smith, a Madera personal injury attorney. If you lost a loved one in a traffic collision because of a negligent driver, contact our legal team at today for free, friendly case advice. An attorney from our law firm is available anytime to listen to your family’s story and determine your potential options for justice and recovery. If your family works with our legal team, you can depend on us to put our experience, skills, and resources to represent your interests. Set up a free case evaluation today by dialing (559) 377-7676 or (800) 404-5400.

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