Fresno DUI Accident Fatality

Fresno DUI Accident Fatality

A Fresno DUI accident fatality occurred on January 18 along Blackstone and Clintstone Avenues. The driver of a pickup truck was reportedly speeding along Blackstone Avenue when the vehicle veered off the road and careened through a nearby parking lot. The pickup truck later struck a tree in the lot and came to a rest on its side after the impact. The driver allegedly fled the scene after the auto accident, leaving behind his injured passenger. Medical personnel were called to the scene to transport the passenger to a local hospital for immediate treatment. Sadly, the passenger was unable to overcome his injuries and passed away during hospitalization. Officials have identified the decedent as 58-year-old Avery Sharp of Clovis. We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to those grieving the loss of their loved one.

Investigation of the Fresno DUI Accident Fatality

The Fresno Police Department reported that the pickup truck driver was tracked down shortly after the car wreck. The driver, an 18-year-old Fresno man, has been arrested on charges of hit and run, felony driving under the influence, and vehicular manslaughter.

Hit and Run Accidents 

Families often do not know what to do after a fatal hit and run accident. When there is not a negligent driver to hold accountable for the crash, wrongful death damages may be recovered through your own automobile insurance policy so long as you have uninsured/underinsured motorist protection. This type of coverage typically pays for losses incurred in an accident caused by a driver with little to no liability insurance. Likewise, it may also cover damages from a wrongful death car accident caused by a hit and run driver. Since filing claims against these types of policies can be stressful, consulting with an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer who is experienced in wrongful death cases can be beneficial in difficult times such as these.

Recovering Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Fatal auto accidents are often caused by driver negligence such as speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving, and more. When the carelessness of a motorist or entity leads to the death of another party, they may be held responsible for resultant damages caused by their negligence. These damages may be recovered by the family or dependents of the deceased through a wrongful death claim. To learn more about these types of cases, watch the following YouTube video.

How a Fresno Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Losing someone you love in a motor vehicle collision can be overwhelming. People who have been affected by these situations often undergo feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, and other emotions. These feelings are common to experience but can make it difficult for those transitioning back to their daily tasks without their loved one by their side. Because of this, families may delay reaching out to an experienced wrongful death attorney in Fresno. However, it is essential to seek legal counsel as soon as you are able to. An experienced attorney will provide you and your family with the guidance you need regarding your specific situation.

Fresno Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys

I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno wrongful death attorney. A drunk driving accident can be devastating for all involved. If you have lost someone you love in an auto accident caused by the negligence of someone else, I am genuinely sorry for your loss. Please feel free to call me anytime at (559) 377-7676 in the Fresno area or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 to receive my compassionate, free and friendly advice.

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