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Fresno Accident Today Fatally Injures Man

A car accident in southeast Fresno claimed the life of one man and left two others injured on the night of February 17, 2019. The collision occurred shortly before 7:00 p.m. along Chestnut Avenue just south of Church Avenue. Officials responding to the scene found three vehicles, including a Jeep Cherokee that overturned in the crash. A preliminary report suggested that the Jeep was traveling with a Toyota sedan and a third vehicle when the collision occurred. Two passengers in the Jeep, both children, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. Their ages were not immediately available, but they were reported to be in good and stable condition by authorities. Sadly, one additional passenger in the Jeep succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Authorities have identified the decedent as 19-year-old Hector Sandoval of Los Angeles. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with those grieving the loss of their loved one during this difficult time.

Accident Investigation

The exact cause of the car wreck is under investigation by the Fresno Police Department. However, the Toyota driver was arrested for driving under the influence. The motorist may face additional charges as the investigation continues.

Rollover Collisions and Roof Crush Fatalities

One of the deadliest of collisions today are those involving rollovers. These types of car accidents remain so deadly due to the roof of the vehicle crushing inward when overturning. In some cases, fatal injuries occur when the roof strikes the ground and crushes inward toward those within the vehicle. In other instances, the roof crushing also causes doors to open up or windows to break when the roof makes contact with the pavement. This can cause the roof to deform and create wide gaps for occupants to be ejected from the car. Since automakers are obligated to follow Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Act (Part 216), they may be held financially responsible for a roof that fails to provide adequate protection in a rollover accident. For more details, contact an experienced attorney.

Auto Accidents and Wrongful Death

No car ride should ever result in a loved one’s death. While the focus of family members of a decedent will be tending to emotional needs, other concerns must be taken into consideration in these types of cases. When a family member is lost due to wrongful death, the family of the deceased person may be left with many, unexpected expenses. In these situations, a wrongful death claim may be filed against the responsible party or entity for subsequent damages. This type of claim offers families a way to seek compensation for the financial and emotional hardship of their loved one’s death. To learn which family members are eligible to file for wrongful death, watch the below video.

What Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?

The types of damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death claim vary from case to case. Some of the most common include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Wages the deceased person would have earned in their employment had they lived
  • Loss of moral support, love, attention, guidance, and community
  • Household services made by the deceased to the household such as childcare or lawn maintenance
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of benefits provided through a decedent’s job such as healthcare, pension, and other work-related wages
  • Loss of consortium

How a Law Firm Can Help

Under any circumstances, the loss of someone you love is devastating. The grief from that loss is often compounded by frustration and anger when it was caused by the negligent actions of another party or entity. Sometimes, those affected by such situations are overwhelmed with grief and the sudden expenses they may face from their loved one’s unexpected passing. Since wrongful death cases are often complex to handle alone, it is essential to seek assistance from an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Fresno. An experienced attorney will ensure the case is in good hands so that a family can focus on grieving and recovering from their loss.

Fresno Wrongful Death Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno wrongful death attorney. The loss of a loved one is a painful and challenging time for the family. When the loss results from an accident caused by the fault of a negligent driver, this can leave surviving family members with emotional and financial damages. If your loved one was lost in an accident due to the fault of someone else, I am here to provide you with compassionate, free and friendly advice on your situation. Please feel free to contact me anytime at (559) 377-7676 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.

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