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Fresno Man Killed, Three Others Injured After Crash in Friant

Fresno Man Killed After Hit and Run Crash in Friant

A Fresno man was killed, and at least three others were injured after a fatal hit and run crash near Friant on the afternoon of Saturday, June 27, 2020. The car accident occurred at Old Friant Road and North Friant shortly after 4:00 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), two vehicles were reportedly involved in a traffic collision near the intersection. One of the drivers, identified as a 25-year-old North Fork man, allegedly drove away from the scene but returned a short time later. Officials said he did not have a driver’s license and arrested him on felony hit and run charges. Sadly, the driver of the other vehicle, 25-year-old Jesus Gonzalez of Fresno, was ejected from the car and pronounced deceased at the scene. At least one adult passenger and two juvenile passengers were transported to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. Updates regarding the conditions of those hospitalized were not immediately available.

Losing a Loved One to Wrongful Death

When the loss of a loved one is caused by the negligence of someone else, it may be considered wrongful death under California law. This can occur in a wide array of accidents, including car crashes, trucking collisions, and hit and runs. Dealing with insurance companies regarding a wrongful death after a fatal car accident can be extremely challenging during the grieving process. It is not recommended for families to do so on their own. Survivors should contact an experienced Fresno wrongful death lawyer to protect their legal rights and ensure that they receive the justice and compensation they need and deserve.

Types of Wrongful Death Compensation for a Fresno Hit and Run Crash

Insurance companies representing negligent drivers have the financial resources to cover the cost of wrongful death damages. Sadly, insurers are notorious for making the wrongful death claims process more challenging than it needs to be for surviving family members. In many cases, insurance carriers will dispute the value of a wrongful death claim or deny financial liability entirely. It is not uncommon to see insurance companies, including your own, dispute the value of a case filed under their uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage for a hit and run accident. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can help you and your family stand your ground and recover the financial compensation you need to cover economic and non-economic damages, such as:

  • End of life medical care and costs
  • Final resting expenses
  • Loss of a loved one’s protection, care, and companionship
  • Lost future household services, benefits, and future financial support for survivors

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How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help Your Family

Dealing with all the issues you may experience following a loved one’s wrongful death can be challenging to handle on your own. At, our Fresno wrongful death attorneys have helped many families who have lost loved ones in motor vehicle accidents. We have the experience and resources needed to hold negligent parties financially accountable for their wrongdoing and to prevent this from happening to other families in the future. If this heartbreaking situation applies to you and your family, contact us so we can provide you a free consultation about your wrongful death case and how to move forward after your loss.

Car Accident Attorneys in Fresno

I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno car accident lawyer. After a close relative has passed away in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, a family needs time to grieve and recover from their loss. However, they also have potentially long-term financial concerns that should be addressed immediately. An experienced attorney can help protect a family’s best interests and guide them every step of the way in a wrongful death claim to obtain the justice and financial compensation they deserve for their loss. If you have lost someone you love after a car accident in Fresno County, please call me at (559) 377-7676 or (800) 404-5400 to receive my compassionate, free, and friendly advice.

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Wrongful death is devastating for any family to experience. That is why our Fresno wrongful death lawyers are dedicated to helping families affected by such situations in Fresno and throughout the Golden State. Our experience can help survivors achieve peace of mind knowing that their case is in good hands. To see past case results we have obtained for families affected by wrongful death, go to our Verdicts and Settlements page.

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