Fresno County Double Fatality Accident

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March 07, 2019
Edward Smith

Fresno County Double Fatality Accident

A Fresno County double fatality accident occurred on the night of March 4 along Highway 180 near Hayes Avenue, just west of Fresno. According to a preliminary report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a man was driving a 2018 Mercedes-Benz eastbound along the westbound lane of Highway 180 shortly after 11:00 p.m. At the same time, a woman was driving a 2015 Honda west along the highway and was unable to avoid the oncoming Mercedes-Benz. This resulted in a head-on collision. Sadly, both drivers succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Officials have identified the decedents as 22-year-old Yvette Jimenez of Firebaugh and 23-year-old Emad Murshed of Kerman. I would like to send my sincere thoughts and condolences to the loved ones of Ms. Jimenez and Mr. Murshed in their time of loss.

Investigation of the Fresno County Double Fatality Accident

The cause of the car accident is under investigation by CHP. However, officials believe drunk driving may have been a factor in the head-on collision.

Common Reasons for Head-On Collisions

All types of car accidents can be dangerous, but head-on collisions are particularly hazardous. This is due to the area of impact and speed traveled by each vehicle involved. Some of the common reasons for these crashes include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to adjust driving to roadway conditions, low visibility or inclement weather
  • Fatigued driving
  • Ignoring traffic signals and signs
  • Overtaking a slower vehicle in a no passing zone
  • Traveling along undivided, rural two-lane roads

Common Injuries in a Head-On Collision

Serious injuries can result in a head-on collision. These may include cervical sprain, dashboard knee, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and more. In some extreme cases, fatal injuries may be suffered by drivers and passengers involved in these crashes. When this happens, the family of the deceased may be able to seek damages from the at-fault party for their loved one’s death. To learn which members may be eligible to file for wrongful death, watch the below video.

Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

The financial compensation that can be recovered in a wrongful death claim includes the following:

  • All medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
  • Any household services provided by the decedent.
  • Costs of a loved one’s funeral and burial.
  • Loss of consortium, meaning the right of the surviving spouse to seek compensation for the loss of affection, assistance, and companionship from the person who has died.
  • Loss of benefits, inheritance, pension, and future income for the family.
  • Reimbursement for property damage, if applicable.
  • Punitive damages may be claimed if the death was caused by the egregious actions of another party or entity.

How a Fresno Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help

The loss of someone you love is never easy to come to terms with. When the loss was caused by negligence, it can lead to anger, frustration, and a lower quality of life. Unexpected expenses can also make it difficult for a family to make ends meet financially, especially if the decedent was the primary provider for the household. In these situations, a family can turn to an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Fresno for assistance. An experienced attorney can ensure a wrongful death case will be in good hands while a family focuses on grieving and recovering from their loss.

Fresno Wrongful Death Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno wrongful death attorney. When you lose someone you love, it can be challenging to have to deal with what the future would be like without them. Although this can be devastating, the family of the decedent can claim damages for their loved one’s death caused by the negligence of another party or entity. If you have lost someone you love in a head-on collision caused by someone else, I am genuinely sorry for your loss. Please feel free to call me at (559) 377-7676 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 to receive my free, friendly case advice.

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